After a decades-long court battle launched in the late 1970s, ownership of 10.5 acres of Sen̓áḵw village was returned in 2003. This year, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw will undertake the largest and most ambitious example of an Indigenous city-building development in North America. Reclaiming its Indigenous name, Sen̓áḵw is a legacy project that seeks to reflect Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture and identity through sustainability, while overturning (at least partially), an unjust colonial past.
The place inside the head of False Creek explores ideas around loss and belonging, as I attempt to understand the history of this unceded land, and the significance of its reclamation by the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw. By combining ‘Slow Media’— a video practice with an aim to decolonize the filmmaking process by slowing down and being present with the land, along with my own documentary photography, I hope to invite viewers to experience the land from a unique, often distorted settler perspective, as I seek a deeper understanding of the stolen land I am privileged to call home.
“The name for Sen̓áḵw is representative of its place. “Àḵw” meaning head, representing the head of False Creek, “en̓” refers to “being in the middle”, representing the middle of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territory in the Kitsilano area, and “S” signifies a place name. Together, the name Sen̓áḵw is interpreted as “The place inside the head of False Creek”.” (senakw.com)