Elder Larry Grant is of mixed Chinese and Musqueam ancestry. Born on a hop field as a premature baby in Agassiz, B.C., Grant was raised in Musqueam traditional territory. After retiring as a longshoreman, Grant enrolled in the First Nations Language Program at the University of British Coumbia to reconnect with his mother's ancestral language, hən'q'əmin'əm'. Through this transformational process Grant achieved his goal of learning how to welcome people to Musqueam territory using the language, discovered his aptitude for sharing stories, and developed a strong passion for revitalizing hən'q'əmin'əm'.
Today he serves the Musqueam Nation as the Language and Culture Consultant. At the University of British Columbia, Grant plays a key role in educating others about the first peoples who lived here. He is the Elder-in-Residence at the UBC First Nations House of Learning where he welcomes and connects with an array of visitors, students and staff from around the world. He is also an adjunct professor the UBC First Nations Language Program, helping to teach the first-year hən'q'əmin'əm' language course which is held at the Musqueam reserve.
In Larry Grant: Not Belonging, Larry talks to Chinese Canadian Stories about his family and his experiences being of mixed Chinese and Musqueam ancestry.