Exploring the Past of Indigenous & Pan-Asian Communities in BC 

Nov. 20, 2019
Vancouver BC

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Presented by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch in partnership with the
Peter A. Allard School of Law - Indigenous Legal Studies, and FACLBC.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

5:00pm   Doors Open
5:20pm   Welcome and Introductions
5:40pm   Panel Discussion
7:00pm   Questions and Answer Period
7:30pm   Concluding Remarks

Speakers: Muqueam Elder Larry Grant, Elder-in-Residence at UBC’s First Nations House of Learning
Musqueam Elder Howard E. Grant, Executive Director of the First Nations Summit (FNS)
Lily Chow, Historian, Jeanne Clarke History Award Recipient 
Professor Nancy Sandy, Lakehead University
Location: Peter A. Allard Shool of Law
Franklin Lew Forum (Room 101)
1822 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

There is no cost for this seminar.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

CPD Hours: 1.50 Hours


Explore histories of survival and solidarity in the face of colonial laws and policies experienced by Indigenous and Pan-Asian communities in BC.

Gain a deeper appreciation of past relations, values and common interests through an exploration of shared obstacles and triumphs and a discussion of strategies of oppression.


  • Understanding past discrimination against Indigenous, Chinese, South Asian and Japanese communities in British Columbia.

  • Recognizing the connection between this past and your role in efforts towards truth and reconciliation, and inclusion of all people.


About Elder Larry Grant

Larry Grant, Musqueam Elder, was born and raised in Musqueam traditional territory by a traditional henqeminem speaking Musqueam family. After 4 decades as a tradesman, Larry enrolled in the First Nations Languages Program, which awoke his memory of the embedded value that the henqeminem language has to self-identity, kinship, culture, territory, and history prior to European contact. He is presently assisting in revitalizing henqeminem in the Musqueam Language and Culture Department, and co-teaching the introductory henqeminem course through UBC.

Larry is the Elder-in-Residence at UBC’s First Nations House of Learning. He is a Faculty Fellow at St. John’s College, and the inaugural Honorary Life Fellow for Green College. In 2010, he received the Alumni Award of Distinction from Vancouver Community College, and in 2014, he became an Honorary Graduate from the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP) at UBC.

About Elder Hugh E. Grant

Howard E. 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 qiyeplen?xw. A name known and respected throughout Coast Salish territories.

Mr. Grant is currently the Executive Director of the First Nations Summit (FNS). FNS is comprised of a majority of First Nations and Tribal Councils in British Columbia (BC), providing a forum to address issues related to Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty negotiations as well as other issues of common concern.

Mr. Grant is also a long serving member of Council from his home community of Musqueam, whose traditional territory once occupied much of what is now Greater Vancouver and surrounding areas. The primary Musqueam Reserve, Musqueam I.R. #2, is located at the mouth of the Fraser River in Vancouver.

Mr. Grant was previously employed as the Executive Director of the Musqueam Indian Band from 1992-1997. He also held senior management positions with the federal government (Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada DIAND now AANDC) from 1984-1992.

About Historian Lily Chow

Lily Chow was born in Malaysia, but has lived in Canada since the mid-sixties. She has taught in the Prince George School District and at the University of Northern British Columbia. She now devotes her time to researching and writing. Her first book, Sojourners in the North (Caitlin Press), won the Jeanne Clarke history award and is used in many colleges and universities as a reference text. She also published a second book on Chinese migration called Chasing Their Dream (Caitlin Press). Her third book is Blossom in the Gold Mountains (Caitlin Press).

About Professor Nancy Sandy

Nancy Sandy is an Assistant Professor and teaches Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions. She is a Secwépemc from T’exelc, the place where the salmon charge up the river south of the city of Yucwt.

Her primary area of research is the revival and resurgence of Indigenous laws in the area of child safety; however, she recognizes that to isolate one area of the law for Indigenous peoples is like separating us from our lands of origin.  Indigenous laws embrace every aspect of economic, legal, political and social sectors of our lives, and are interconnected as they have been from our creation.  St’exelcemc law commits her to embed Indigenous worldview, research methodology, transmission of knowledge principles, and abiding by local Indigenous protocol as an instructor and an academic.  Professor Sandy believes that Indigenous peoples’ self-government and self-determination require strong administrative, governance and legal foundations that are respectful of Indigenous culture, language, laws and legal processes. 


Cancellation Policy
Once payment has been processed there will be no refund issued. To cancel your attendance, please contact the PD Department at PD@cbabc.org. No refunds will be issued to non-attendees.

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
The CBABC provides access to Section activities for all members. The facilities for this meeting may be wheelchair accessible. For information about accessible parking or to communicate your request for other accommodation you require, please contact CBABC PD at pd@cbabc.org.

We also welcome your suggestions for enhancing the inclusiveness of our activities.

Course Materials/Handouts
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