VHF Weekly: Debra Sparrow and Kamala Todd, Sept. 23rd at The Vancouver Lookout!

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Debra Sparrow, one of our presenters for Blanketing the City Sept 23, 2017 at the Lookout.

Harbour Centre and the Vancouver Lookout have been a staple of Vancouver’s skyline since 1977 with its flying saucer shaped observation deck that can be seen from many parts of the city. It is also the tallest, solely commercial building in Vancouver. However, many of us locals forget to take advantage of this great local attraction, so when did you last visit the Vancouver Lookout? Join us in celebrating its 40th anniversary and experience different perspectives on the city through a new event series from this special vantage point. Perspectives: Talks & Discussions will explore stories – surprising, thought-provoking, and thrilling – that have shaped Vancouver over time. The first talk is coming up on September 23rd – “Blanketing the City: Musqueam Stories” from 10:15am-12pm with Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow and Metis-Cree filmmaker Kamala Todd. The series runs until November 16th.

The dominant stories of our city tend to be those of the colonial culture, which has written itself into the built form and the narratives of Vancouver. Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow’s people have lived here for thousands of years, her people’s history and relationships with this land are “written in the earth”. Metis-Cree filmmaker and community planner Kamala Todd holds deep gratitude for the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish people, who so generously share their lands and wealth – while being in many ways written out of the story and landscapes of Vancouver. Join us for a dynamic conversation that weaves important Indigenous stories and asks how we can inhabit an urban past, present and future which fully reflects and embodies the Indigenous people of these lands.

Tickets are $21.95 and available only through the Lookout Vancouver here. Your ticket includes entrance to the Vancouver Lookout and morning talks include coffee. Tickets can be purchased the day of, and for only $3 more than the entry fee, you get a talk and free coffee!

Please plan to arrive at Harbour Centre at least 15 minutes before the posted start to allow time to take the elevator to the Lookout. Each talk will begin promptly 15 minutes after the posted start time.

Photo courtesy of The Vancouver Lookout.