Session I – Presenters 2023

Some background on our Foreshore Immersive Session I presenters Salia Joseph and Faith Sparrow-Crawford from Host Consulting. Other Sights looks forward to their forthcoming session where they will present The Language the Land Remembers. This is the first session for Other Sights’ Foreshore Immersive , a conversation series that will run over 2023-2024.

Salia Joseph is from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Snuneymuxw First Nation’s on her father’s side and is British and Jewish on her mothers. Salia is a graduate from the First Nations and Indigenous studies program from the University of British Columbia. Salia is a Squamish language learner and is the executive director of The Sníchim Foundation which is a Sḵwx̱wú7mes language and culture non-profit. In addition to her language work Salia is the co-owner of Host Consulting Inc. which focuses on public art and elevating the designs and work of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleilwaututh artists. Salia is very passionate about where she comes from and is and learning constantly about what it means to be Sḵwx̱wú7mesh.

Faith Sparrow-Crawford is from the Musqueam Indian Band in Vancouver, BC. She was raised in her community by generations of storytellers and artists, surrounded by a rich culture and oral histories that instilled in her a passion for the arts. Faith graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2017 with a major in First Nations and Indigenous Studies, focusing her degree largely on Indigenous new media. After graduation, she worked for her nation helping to further their self-governance and writing their constitution founded on their traditions, protocols, and oral histories. In 2019, Faith co-founded of Salish Locations Inc., a film location liaison company that focuses on creating representation for Indigenous peoples in the film industry on their own lands. Faith also co-founded Host Consulting Inc. in 2020. Coming from a creative family involved in the Vancouver Film Industry, Faith has always had a love for filmmaking and sharing the stories of her people. She has devoted herself to creating meaningful and transformative work that creates space for Indigenous peoples and people of colour in film and arts spaces.

Host Consulting is a public art consultancy founded by members of the three Host Nations of Vancouver – Faith Sparrow-Crawford from Musqueam, Salia Joseph from Squamish, and Jade George from Tsleil-Waututh. Hosts’ mandate is to work towards greater representation of MST peoples on MST lands and to create futures where MST folks can see themselves reflected in their own territory. They created Host with voices from all three nations to ensure that they are embodying the types of relationships that have governed these territories for generations. The three host nations working with one another and creating beautiful futures for the generations to come.