Opening on June 22, Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist explores the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (1899- 1981) and his influence as an Indigenous rights advocate and his career as an actor. The exhibition was developed in close collaboration with the George family.
Longshoreman, actor, musician, lecturer, poet, activist, environmentalist and First Nations leader; Dan George (born Geswanouth Slahoot) is remembered for many things. Raised on the Burrard Indian Reserve #3, the son of hereditary chief George Sla-holt, Dan George spent much of his life working as a longshoreman and logger and did not start his acting career until in his 60s. During the 1960s and 70s, he appeared in many television, movie and stage productions in which he worked to promote a better understanding of Indigenous people and challenged their common portrayal on screen. Although focused on Dan George, this exhibition will also delve into significant events and individuals in the Indigenous rights movement in B.C. and Canada, as well as, the wider history and portrayal of First Nations people in film and television.
Following its presentation in North Vancouver, the exhibit will travel to the U'Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, B.C.
The North Vancouver Museum is located in Presentation House at 209 West 4th Street, North Vancouver. It is open from Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm and admission is free.