On Friday, October 6, Larry received an honourary doctorate from Simon Fraser University.
Elder Larry Grant (sʔəyəɬəq | 洪禮興) has played a key role in Musqueam’s language revitalization. After 44 years as a tradesman, Larry began studying hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ at UBC. The classes reinforced hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓’s value to self-identity, kinship, culture, spirituality, territory and history prior to colonization.
Since 2001, Larry has been an adjunct professor with UBC’s First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, where he educates Musqueam community members and university students in the first year of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ classes.
As a cultural representative, Larry shares Musqueam protocols and language with countless visitors to our territory, and inspired people to learn about Indigenous histories in Canada and reconnect with their own ancestry.
Watch Dr. Larry Grant’s speech at the SFU convocation ceremony on Youtube.