Chief Dan George (1899-1981) was a səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Chief who lived on what was then called Burrard Indian Reserve # 3 near Deep Cove (now Tsleil-Waututh Reserve). He was well-known both as an actor and an activist. He advocated for Indigenous people throughout his life and is well known for delivering the ‘Lament for Confederation.’  He was the first Indigenous actor to receive an Academy Award nomination.

You will learn more about his life and legacy through these activities.

Chief Dan George in Photos

Explore in detail Chief Dan George’s life by analyzing photos. These images provide evidence of Chief Dan George’s legacy. Each image is supplemented with background information and questions to answer.

Life and Legacy

Much has been been written about Chief Dan George’s life and legacy. Using documents and photos, research Chief Dan George’s story. Summarize your findings about his historical significance.

‘Lament for Confederation’

Chief Dan George delivered a speech to 32,000 people celebrating Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967. Read, watch and discuss Chief Dan George’s ‘Lament for Confederation’.

50 Years Later

Since Chief Dan George’s ‘Lament’, have things changed for Indigenous people in Canada? Review recent perspectives and participate in a directed discussion.

Photo: Courtesy of the UBC Museum of Anthropology Archives, Vancouver, Canada – Anthony Carter fonds MOA a038355c141

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