Cultural Exchanges

On select evenings throughout the duration of the exhibition, the involved institutions host Musqueam community members, elders, artists, and activists to share their knowledge and explore the themes of c̓əsnaʔəm: The City Before the City. Come and engage in the dialogue surrounding issues of traditional and contemporary relevance.


Please note: The October 20th exchange has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Cultural Exchange – Tuesday, November 17, 7pm
Conversation between Morgan Guerin and Wayne Point

Morgan Guerin, secəlenəχʷ, was born and raised at Musqueam. His father was George Guerin and his grandfather was Arnold Guerin.  For the past 20 years, Morgan has worked as a Fisheries Officer for Musqueam.  He is also a Musqueam councilor.

Wayne Point is a Musqueam band member and an archaeologist. By learning from Musqueam’s oral histories and ancient belongings, Wayne is learning to make tools used by his ancestors.


Cultural exchange participants for July 14th event: Larry Grant, Jill Cambell and Vanessa Campbell

Larry Grant is a Musqueam elder, born and raised in Musqueam traditional territory by a traditional hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam family. After four decades as a tradesman, Larry enrolled in the FNLG program, which awoke his memory of the embedded value that the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language has to self-identity, kinship, culture, territory, and history prior to European contact. He is presently assisting in revitalizing hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and co-teaching the introductory hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ course with Patricia Shaw.

Jill Cambell is the Coordinator for the Musqueam First Nations Language and Culture Program. She also teaches as part of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program at UBC. Jill was heavily involved with all three exhibitions surrounding the use of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language.

Vanessa Campbell is the administrative assistant for the Musqueam First Nations Language and Culture Program.  She has been very active in the UBC First Nations Languages Program as a student and a teacher’s assistant for several years. Vanessa gave voice to most of the spoken hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ in the MOA exhibition and for the introductory video at all three exhibitions.


Cultural exchange participants for June 16th event: Jordan Wilson and Howard E. Grant

Grant was born and raised in the Musqueam community. He was one of the fortunate children who did not attend residential school,giving him the benefit of learning his culture, values and teachings from his elders in his every day life. Mr. Grant is his family’s cultural speaker and is a historian and cultural leader of his extended family. As a result of this, Howard was given the honour by the elders of his extended family to carry the name qiyəplenəxʷ. A name known and respected throughout Coast Salish territories.

Wilson is a graduate student and co-curator of the exhibit *c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city*, at the Museum of Anthropology, and a member of the curatorial team for the sister exhibits at Museum of Vancouver and the Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre. He’s of European and Indigenous ancestry, and a proud member of the Musqueam First Nation. Jordan is currently enrolled as a Masters of Arts student in the Department of Anthropology (museum studies stream), University of British Columbia. His research interests include community collaboration and Indigenous-museum relationships, issues of representation, material culture studies, Indigenous art history, community/oral history, and Indigenous/community-based archaeology.


Cultural exchange participants for May 19th event: Sue Rowley and Leona Sparrow

Leona M. Sparrow, born in Vancouver, has been connected with Musqueam all her life. For 15 years, Leona served on Musqueam Chief and Council and worked as a consultant before returning to UBC and graduating from law school. She is now the Director of Musqueam’s Treaty, Lands and Resources Department, and serves on several Aboriginal service providers’ boards and committees including Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society, New Relationship Trust, the Museum of Anthropology, and serves as Musqueam’s liason to UBC.


c̓əsnaʔəm Cultural Exchanges


Tuesday, November 17, 7pm at MOA

Past Programs