Victor Guerin

Victor Guerin is a member of the Musqueam First Nation and speaker of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the Musqueam dialect of the Central Coast Salish language. He is past coordinator of the Musqueam Language and Culture Program. Other past positions of employment include commercial fisherman, cultural researcher and tour guide at UBC Museum of Anthropology and longshoreman.

In his free time over the course of his life he has worked with elders from his own and sister communities learning about the cultural beliefs and traditions of his people including oral history, traditional narratives, songs and dances. Armed with this knowledge, he has worked for some 30 years through public engagement to promote a public profile for the Musqueam Community.

Victor works with Tsleil-Waututh, one of many sister communities to Musqueam, in North Vancouver. Tsleil-Waututh had no fluent nor conversant speakers of their ancestral language when he started working there in 2012 and therefore started from scratch in language revitalization. They now have one conversant speaker and several on the road to conversancy.