Elder Larry Grant is of mixed Chinese and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) ancestry. Born on a hop field as a premature baby in Agassiz, BC, Larry was raised in Musqueam traditional territory. After retiring as a longshoreman, Larry enrolled in the First Nations Language Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to reconnect with his mother’s ancestral language, hən’q’əmin’əm’.
Larry is the Elder-in-Residence at the UBC First Nations House of Learning, is an adjunct professor with the UBC First Nations Endangered Language Program and serves the Musqueam Nation as the Language and Culture Consultant. Larry is a former band counsellor, a grandfather, educator and cultural practitioner.
Larry leads conversations on understanding Indigenous human rights and teaches cultural relevance of language to culture, Musqueam history and Musqueam cultural practices and way of living, being and relating.