antha kwes’ kwestin. kin jawge tsun, tə nə ski’ ew James Kew.
I am Kwes’ Kwestin. In the English language my name is James Kew.
I am from Musqueam. My late mother was from the Charles Family, her parents Andrew and Christine carried our language and law into the 20th century. My father is Mike Kew, from a settler family in Quesnel; he became an Anthropologist, and he taught at UBC for decades. My wife Marion and I have not been blessed by children; but we are blessed to live amongst our many nieces and nephews, and extended family grandchildren.
I serve as a speaker, and as a witness, at our Salish ceremonies. While my health permitted, I carried a mask for many years. In my youth I served on our Council. I am now the Elders representative on our Land Code Committee.
I have worked as a labourer, an archaeologist, a sculptor, and a carver. I have worked in our band office as Assistant Manager in housing, and as the head of both Employment and Training, and Gaming; and most recently, as acting Protocol Officer for the past six months.
I have worked for Musqueam as President of Sun’Aq Management, which pursued an unsuccessful bid on a Casino license. I have previously had small partnerships and incorporated companies, and for a couple of years I took consulting contracts from overseas investors considering First Nation investments.
I have been developing, assembling financing, and proposing a shared Cultural Centre to Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh for the past year. I expect this project to take several more years. I have other joint ventures in construction and tourism in which are now my immediate priority.