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All Our Father’s Relations: Film Screening and Dialogue on Settler Colonialism, Identity, and Migration

Tuesday June 14, 2022
5:00-8:00 PM
Doors at 4:30 PM
UBC Robson Square | 800 Robson Street, Vancouver BC

This is the second event of a series launched by The Ismaili Centre, Vancouver and the University of British Columbia to explore and better inform us about critical issues through intellectually enriching conversations. In a special partnership with the UBC AMS Indigenous Committee, we will be hosting an exclusive screening of All Our Father’s Relations, followed by an in-person talkback with Elder Larry Grant, film director Alejandro Yoshizawa, and co-producer Sarah Ling. This discussion will be moderated by UBC students Kira Doxtator, Raiyana Alibhai, and Nadia Walji and it will explore how settler colonialism and migration continue to impact Indigenous communities and the shared histories and responsibilities of non-Indigenous migrant communities. Some light snacks and refreshments will be provided at a  small reception for guests to continue these vital conversations following the event. 

Film description: All Our Father’s Relations tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam people, the Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples today and in the past.

Please note that non-medical masks are required in all public indoor spaces at UBC. Registration will be closed at 12:00 PM PST on June 14, 2022. 



Elder Larry Grant

Elder Larry Grant is of mixed Chinese and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm ancestry. Born on a hop field as a premature baby in Agassiz, BC, Larry was raised in Musqueam traditional territory.  After retiring as a longshoreman, Larry enrolled in the First Nations Language Program at UBC to reconnect with his mother’s ancestral language, hən’q’əmin’əm’. Larry is the Elder-in-Residence at the UBC First Nations House of Learning, is an adjunct professor with the UBC First Nations Endangered Language Program and serves the Musqueam Nation as the Language and Culture Consultant. Larry is a former band counsellor, a grandfather, educator and cultural practitioner.



Alejandro Yoshizawa

Alejandro Yoshizawa is a filmmaker whose interests include documentaries, community stories, oral history, and digital media. His films have been screened at festivals around the world, and include the award winning documentary All Our Father’s Relations (2016). He has taught at UBC since 2014 and is also Assistant Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley.


Sarah Ling

Sarah has a background in public history, cultural heritage, community building, and visual storytelling. Born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC on unceded Tsimshian territory, Sarah received her Master of Arts (Interdisciplinary Studies, UBC) where she conducted community-based research on the intercultural history of Chinese market gardening on the Musqueam reserve. She is the co-editor of Journeys of Hope (2018) and lead producer of the award-winning documentary film All Our Father’s Relations (2016). She serves as the Member-at-Large on the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee. She is the Exhibition and Program Manager for the Chinese Canadian Museum. Sarah has been a CCHSBC Board of Director since 2015 and has served as President since 2018.



Kira Doxtator

Kira is a Oneida and Dakota student entering her fourth year Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Film Studies with a Minor in First Nations and Indigenous studies. Her interests lie in meaningful representation in media and beyond for underrepresented groups. She also possesses a passion for cinematic arts, in both the analysis and production of films and their potential to communicate new ideas and offer experiences that build a stronger community. She is looking forward to hearing from the filmmakers about their unique perspectives as well as the event attendees.

Raiyana Alibhai

Raiyana will be entering her fourth year at UBC in the Cognitive Systems program. She has worked with Special Olympics BC as well as children with autism at the Canucks Autism Network and wants to continue to be an advocate for these communities. After participating in the first event of the “Reconciliation, Pluralism and Settler Colonialism” speaker series, she is thrilled to be participating in the next event in the series and is interested in learning more about the actions we can all take to progressively create meaningful change in society.

Nadia Walji

Nadia is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics at UBC. Through the years, Nadia has developed a particular interest in understanding the influence that identity politics has on the mechanisms of power at governmental levels and civil society at large. With this, Nadia advocate’s for the practice of storytelling of lived experiences, and her time as a communications assistant at the UBC Equity & Inclusion office has illustrated the significance that storytelling can have on actions of allyship and solidarity.



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