DOXA 2021

Territorial Welcomes from Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations

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DOXA Documentary Film Festival is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Deanna Bridgit George is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. She holds two ancestral names: Halat and Tewalewet. Deanna is proud of her culture and heritage. She has been a member of both the Children of Takaya dance group and the Burrard Canoe Club since a young age. Elected in 2013, she is serving her fourth term. From 2013-2017, she held the Community Development portfolio. In 2017 – 2019, our Council rotated portfolios and with that time period Deanna has held: Community Development, Public Works, Health and Treaty, Lands & Resources. Encompassing the very core values of our nation, our elders, youth, health and wellness, education, employment, she has quickly become knowledgeable in the Nation’s strengths as well as providing guidance in areas that require improvement. Deanna has worked for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) since 1996. She started as a Receptionist and is now both a Lands Officer 3 & Data Management. Her other work in the community includes: being a member of the Comprehensive Community Planning Committee, which brought together our members to document our Nations vision, goals and priorities for the future; and the Membership Working Group. This work continues to support her in her role on Council. As an avid soccer player, coach and canoe club member, who continues to support all community sports in various ways, she was, deservingly so, the recipient of the Remarkable Woman Award in Sports in 2010. Deanna, in her many roles is most proud of her role within her family. She is the youngest daughter of Ernest and Deanna George. She and her spouse Bill Thomas have been together for 40 years and have four children and four grandchildren, all of which have been raised at Tsleil-Waututh.