On February 18th Heritage Vancouver collaborated with Urbanarium on CityDebate #12: Remove Colonial Markers. Debaters made a range of points from diminishing opportunities for current and future generations to remember and meaningfully confront contested history, to who has the power to decide what happens to markers. You can watch the debate here. This journal entry is a reflection on the ideas around monuments and the debate.

 

We demand a lot from monuments. 

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I want to thank Urbanarium for the invitation to participate in The Mixing Middle Competition. It's an honor to represent my Coast Salish communities of MST and share my knowledge with the architectural and planning industry.  There are so many projects in these territories that require participants like myself, a member of the Squamish Nation and an independent cultural advisor, to engage with but I am only one of a couple of cultural consultants that have an architectural background and who also practices classic Coast Salish art.  

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Placemaking is Dangerous

Placemaking is dangerous;  because it changes things. This always threatens something. The making of Place starts as unformed thought groping for substance.  Poetry explores how it may thrive, or else (misplaced, or lost and lacking delight) firmness and commodity muscle in, and make believe that value lies in the transaction rather than the transformative experience.

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Growing up in a multi-generational immigrant family, the struggle to find available public washrooms was a constant struggle we faced. Whether it be finding a barrier-free washroom for my grandpa with Alzheimer’s who used a walker, or a family stall for my screaming cousin who refused to go into the womens toilets. We would be turned away at coffee shops and gas stations where staff ridiculed us for not making a purchase, or for not spending enough to warrant our whole family to use the facilities.

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On December 3rd, 2020  Ta7talíya Paisley Nahanee and myself co-hosted MST Futurism: Decolonizing the City through a Matriarchal Lens with MST panelists Chief Janice George, Debra Sparrow, Angela George, Orene Askew, Cyler Sparrow Point, Salia Joseph, Sekawnee Baker, and Ocean Hyland from each of the Host Nations. The panel was specific to the context of what is currently known as Vancouver on our unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) (MST) territories.

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It’s 7 o’clock in the morning. I turn on my kettle to heat some water, adjusted the lighting in my living room and turned on my laptop to log into zoom: I was preparing to meet up with my friend for tea. Logging into a platform that was once reserved for work meetings has now become my primary mode of meeting up with friends. My living room has become our 3rd place. 

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Urbanarium sends our heartfelt wishes to you, your family and communities to remain healthy and safe during such disruptive times. We extend condolences to those who have lost a loved one to the disease and a special thank-you to our health care, first responder and food security champions who are tirelessly supporting us all. Let’s agree to keep making noise every night at 7 well after this virus has passed.

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By Frances Bula, published in the Globe and Mail | Full Article Click Here

A massive new effort to produce a vision for the future Vancouver, a city currently in the throes of an extreme housing crisis and pitched battles over how to fix it, will cost almost $18-million and take three years.

But its supporters are hoping the proposal for a city-wide plan, coming to council Tuesday, will help reduce the acrimony.

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Vancouver Sun, DAN FUMANO (Updated: May 9, 2019)

"I will be blunt, and I'm going to be persona non grata at city hall," says former Vancouver co-chief planner Larry Beasley, who has a new book entitled Vancouverism.

Sipping an Americano in a Yaletown cafe recently, Larry Beasley seems at home. That makes sense. Not only does he live a short walk away, he has his fingerprints all over the neighbourhood.

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