Today, August 10th, marked 100 days of the Musqueam Band protecting their ancestral burial grounds of c̓əsnaʔəm in the Marpole neighbourhood of south Vancouver. They have kept an around-the-clock presence at a site in the 1300-block of Southwest Marine Drive which is intended to be developed into luxury condominiums by Century Group. Over 4,000-year-old intact Musqueam ancestral remains are buried on the site. The Musqueam have called for a land swap to ensure that the ancestral burial grounds of c̓əsnaʔəm are protected.
Below are photos from the march starting from Granville Street and West 70th and ending at c̓əsnaʔəm in the 1300-block of SW Marine Drive. The march ended with a rally and speeches. NDP MLAs Jenny Kwan and Scott Fraser (Aboriginal Relations Critic), former COPE City Councillor Ellen Woodsworth, BC Nurses Union President Debra MacPherson, and Musqueam spokesperson Cecilia Point, among other Musqueam representatives, addressed the crowd. Following the speeches, Musqueam runners left to deliver the petition signed by over 3,000 people to Premier Christy Clark’s West 4th Avenue constituency office.