Ring in the Chinese New Year with family and friends, and learn about hidden histories of early First Nations and Chinese Canadian relations on Musqueam territory in British Columbia.
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. The Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples today and in the past.
This new documentary film premiered at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, where it was awarded Best Canadian Feature.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards widely distributing the film to broader audiences.
Date and Time:
Saturday, January 28 at 7PM (Doors open at 6:30PM)
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
149 W Hasting St,
MC: Henry Yu (Executive Producer, UBC Historian)
6:30: Doors Open
7:00 – 8:15: Opening Remarks and Film Screening
8:15 – 8:45: Q & A with the Filmmakers & Participants
8:45: Poster Signing* & Merchandise Sales
*You will have the opportunity to purchase an All Our Father’s Relations poster and the Grant siblings will be available to sign.
Purchase your tickets early as they are available on a first come, first served basis!
General admission: $15
Handling fee (Eventbrite): $1.51
All Our Father’s Relations helps to record and revitalize the interconnected histories of Chinese Canadian and First Nations relations along the Fraser River in British Columbia. Dating as far back as the 19th century, relations between Chinese and First Nations in Canada were often respectful and mutually beneficial; both peoples supported one another in the face of marginalization and racism.
The Chinese market gardening history in the Musqueam community is an important historical example of reciprocal relationships between Chinese and First Nations, and the respect many early Chinese migrants showed as guests on First Nations’ territories. The film features siblings Helen Callbreath, Gordon J. Grant, Larry Grant, and Howard E. Grant, who are elders from the Musqueam Nation with Chinese ancestry. The siblings reflect on their experiences growing up on the Chinese farms at Musqueam and in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and the impact of discriminatory government legislation on their lives. They also visit the ancestral village of their late father, in Guangdong, China, for the first time. The Grants’ father, Hong Tim Hing, left the village of Sei Moon in Guangdong, China in 1920 to Vancouver, BC – the unceded territory of the Musqueam hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking people. He worked on the Lin On Farm at Musqueam Indian Reserve 2, where he met his wife, Agnes Grant.
Director: Alejandro Yoshizawa
Producers: Sarah Ling, Alejandro Yoshizawa
Co-Producer: Jordan Paterson
Executive producers: Howard E. Grant, Henry Yu
With deep gratitude to the Musqueam Nation whose unceded lands this film was made on, and the Grant family for sharing their story.