MST Futurism: Decolonizing the City Through a Matriarchal Lens

Posted on Nov 12, 2020 in Uncategorized
Artwork by Paisley Eva Nahanee

MST Futurism – uplifting and celebrating xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) visions for the future of what is currently known as Vancouver. 

Inviting MST thought leaders, Chief Janice George, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, Angela George, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Debra Sparrow, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm , Ocean Hyland,  səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Salia Joseph,  Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, and Cyler Point Sparrow, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm

Curated by Sierra Tasi Baker,Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Paisley Eva Nahanee, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw.

MST Futurism Website

Ongoing Virtual Dialogue @MSTfuturism on Instagram

November – December 2020

Imagining MST Futures is a city centred revisioning project giving xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Matriarchs, Afro-Indigneous leadership and youth agency to re-envision the built form. 

“MST people have lived in these lands since Time Immemorial. We have never ceded or surrendered title to our lands, rights to our resources, or authority to make decisions within our territory. Since 1850 (When Vancouver was first annexed) MST voices have been silenced and our villages dismantled. In 1876 we were forced onto reservations and watched as the city was built around us. That was only 170 years ago. Today we are reclaiming agency by re-centering the future of this city in MST values, relations, and visions. ”

~ Sierra Tasi Baker

Honouring Afrofuturism

In conducting this work, the curatorial team would like to honour Afrofuturism to inform the process of imagining futures. This futurist work will populate the coastal noosphere (general consciousness) with visions rooted in indigenous identity, MST ancestral governance, oral history, indigenous futurism and innovation. In particular, they are excited to involve Squamish Nation and Afro-Indigenous leader Orene Askew, and Afro-Futurism Historian Krystal Paraboo in this project. 

The project is launching with an extensive, ongoing dialogue facilitated through Instagram @mstfuturism.

Virtual Panel Discussion featuring MST Host Nation Thought Leaders

Artwork by Paisley Eva Nahanee

December 3rd, 2020, 6-8pm

Sign up: Eventbrite

Hear from incredible MST Host Nation thought leaders about their ideas to re-envision the built form centred in right relation to our land, waters and skies. This event will feature Matriarch Chief Janice George, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, Auntie Orene Askew, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, Matriarch Debra Sparrow, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Matriarch Angela George, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ. This event will be hosted by curators Sierra Tasi Baker,Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Paisley Eva Nahanee, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw and co-produced by Other Sights and SFU Public Square. 

The visioning process begun during the panel discussion will continue online throughout December and will highlight the work and ideas of youth artist visionaries Ocean Hyland, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw &  Xwchíyò:m, Salia Joseph, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw & Snuneymuxw, Cyler Point Sparrow, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm,  and a fourth youth artist pending confirmation who will represent the Afro-Indigenous perspective, while catalyzing participation and discussion from the public. 

This project is produced by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. The panel discussion is co-produced with SFU Public Square. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia.