c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city
SubjectsActivism First Nations Indigenous
- Release Date 2017
- Running Time 73 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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Members of the Musqueam First Nation reflect on the 24-hour, 200-day occupation in Vancouver, British Columbia to protect their 4,000-year-old ancestral village from destruction by a condo development. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city commemorates the resolution of a dramatic and compelling moment in the history of this place now known as metro Vancouver, British Columbia. In late 2011, the Musqueam First Nation learned that a 108-unit condo development was being planned at one of their ancestral village sites without prior consultation with the nation. The ancient site, dating back over 4,000 years, has always been known to the Musqueam as "c̓əsnaʔəm", and has commonly been referred to by others as the "Eburne Midden", the "Marpole Midden", the "Great Fraser Midden", and "DhRs-1". Following the news of the planned condo development, the Musqueam learned that ancestral remains were unearthed during an archeological "investigation" prior to development. This led Musqueam community members to physically halt construction by holding vigil at the site around the clock for over 200 days while Musqueam leaders, the City of Vancouver, the BC Provincial Government and the condo developers struggled to find resolution. Through the voices of the Musqueam First Nation, c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city shares deeply-rooted community knowledge of Musqueam's living culture and ongoing relationship with their ancestral and unceded territory now known as metro Vancouver.
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