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Musqueam withdraws from appeal case against Trans Mountain expansion approval

musqueamCouncillor says they are pursuing other options

By Chantelle Bellrichard, CBC News, October 4, 2017

The Musqueam First Nation has withdrawn from the Federal Court of Appeal case against the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to pursue other options.

“We still have some unresolved issues with respect to the approval but we feel it’s no longer in our best interest to proceed with the [judicial review] at this time,” said Musqueam Councillor Wendy Grant-John. Read the rest of this entry

Musqueam Indian Band paddles ‘journey canoe’ made from 350-year-old cedar log


The Musqueam Indian Band along with Indigenous professors from UBC took this canoe, carved over three-months from a 350-year-old cedar, for a first paddle on Saturday, August 6, 2016. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

Boat took three months to carve and is part of cultural revitalization project with UBC

By Chad Pawson, CBC News, August 6, 2016

Members of the Musqueam Indian Band and Indigenous professors from UBC blessed and launched a canoe carved from a 350-year-old cedar tree on Saturday as part of a cultural revitalization project.

“Yeah I’m a bit out of breath,” said Corrina Sparrow after paddling the boat in the Fraser River off 4000 Musqueam Ave.

“Overwhelmed, so good, it glides like glass after awhile.” Read the rest of this entry

Musqueam protesters shut down Arthur Laing Bridge

Traffic blocked in both directions on Richmond-Vancouver bridge

CBC News, May 31, 2012

Musqueam band council, band members, and supporters block Arthur Laing bridge in south Vancouver as part of effort to protect ancestral remains.

Protesters from the Musqueam First Nation blocked traffic on the Arthur Laing Bridge in South Vancouver in an attempt to stop construction at an ancient village and burial site known at the Marpole Midden.

The protest, which began by blocking traffic in both directions shortly after 7 a.m. PT, was expected to wrap up at 9 a.m. Read the rest of this entry

To Protect Our Ancestors

Musqueam First Nation members, supporters halt condo construction threatening c̓əsnaʔəm village and midden site in Marpole

by Sandra Cuffe, Vancouver Media Coop, March 12, 2012

Members of Musqueam band block construction of condos on burial site in south Vancouver, March 2012

At sunrise this morning, dozens of Musqueam First Nation Band members and supporters gathered to halt condominium construction threatening the ancient village and midden site of c̓əsnaʔəm. The demonstrators prevented contractors from entering the site, located near the northern end of the Arthur Laing bridge in the Marpole neighbourhood, on the southern edge of Vancouver. Read the rest of this entry