After a decades-long court battle launched in the late 1970s, ownership of 10.5 acres of SenÌ“áá¸µw village was returned in 2003. This year, Sá¸µwxÌ±wú7mesh Úxwumixw will undertake the largest and most ambitious example of an Indigenous city-building development in North America. Reclaiming its Indigenous name, SenÌ“áá¸µw is a legacy project that seeks to reflect Sá¸µwxÌ±wú7mesh 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 Sá¸µwxÌ±wú7mesh 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 SenÌ“áá¸µw is representative of its place. “Àá¸µw” meaning head, representing the head of False Creek, “enÌ“” refers to “being in the middle”, representing the middle of the Sá¸µwxÌ±wú7mesh territory in the Kitsilano area, and “S” signifies a place name. Together, the name SenÌ“áá¸µw is interpreted as “The place inside the head of False Creek”.” (senakw.com)