HONORARY ADVISOR – Elder Larry Grant

Elder Larry Grant

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Elder Larry Grant was born to a Musqueam mother and a Chinese father and raised on traditional Musqueam territory. He grew up learning hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the ancestral language of the Musqueam people, from his mother. After retiring as a longshoreman, Elder Grant enrolled in the First Nations Languages Program at UBC to reconnect with the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and learn how to welcome visitors and migrants to Musqueam territory, just as his ancestors welcomed the first visitors from across the Pacific.
Today, Elder Grant serves the Musqueam First Nation as the Language and Culture Consultant. He is an Adjunct Professor in the UBC First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, where he co-teaches hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language courses held at the Musqueam reserve, and is UBC’s Elder-in-Residence at the First Nations House of Learning. Through these roles and many others, Elder Grant plays a key role in sharing Musqueam culture, identity and narratives as the hosts for the first Pacific migrants to Canada.

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