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c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city

Directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Canada, 2017 (documentary, 73 minutes, colour, English)

Film Description:
"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. [...] 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 round 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, cə̓snaʔəm, 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."
-- Moving Images Distribution (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Cinematography: Damien Eagle Bear, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Film Editing: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Music: Joshua Stevenson
Production Company: Musqueam First Nations

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