Vancouver Event: Indigenous Leaders Discuss Willingdon Lands

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Learn more about how Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations are approaching new studio grounds with a sustainable lens.

The Sustainable Production Forum (SPF), a global conference on sustainability in the film industry, begins this weekend with a fireside chat about the work of Indigenous leaders in the film economy.

Squamish actor and producer Simon Baker will moderate the discussion Oct. 1 at the site of Willingdon Lands, a 40-acre parcel of land jointly owned by the Musqueam Indian Band, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Aquilini Development.

“The vision of Willingdon Lands is to be a contemporary Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh urban village that provides a cultural experience, is interconnected with nature and tells stories through and through the site,” according to the Willingdon Master Plan Lands.

With over 5,200 housing units planned, the site will also include over 450,000 square feet of film and television production studio space.

The SPF panel includes speakers from nations that jointly own the land, including:

  • Wilson Williams, Sxwíxwtn (Squamish Nation | Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw)
  • Johnna Sparrow-Crawford (Musqueam Nation | xʷməθkʷəy̓əm)
  • Faith Sparrow-Crawford (Musqueam Nation | xʷməθkʷəy̓əm)
  • Dennis Thomas, Whonoak (Tsleil-Waututh Nation | səlilwətaɬ)

A networking session will follow the discussion.

Sustainability Through an Indigenous Lens: A Vision for Land, Studios and Connection

When: Saturday, Oct. 1 (Doors open at 4 p.m., presentation starts at 4:45 p.m.)

Where: Segal Building (500 Granville Street, Vancouver)

Cost: $100 for a premium virtual pass to all SPF online sessions and the Vancouver Fireside Chat, tickets available online

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