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Glen Newman

Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24, 1983
Glen Newman
Organizer, Social Worker, Administrator
Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish)

Glen Newman
  • Born in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Squamish Band Counsellor and Administrator.

“One of the things I noticed when I worked in the city was the lack of spirituality among the professional social workers. In my personal and professional experience, I find that ‘society’ assumes everyone has the same values. These values, set down by ‘society,’ are materialistic. When social workers are helping in [First Nations communities] they must realize they are dealing with different standards and values, which are more personal. I think maybe it has changed a little now, but I remember that lack of spirituality toward human relations.” - Glen Newman

Over the past decades, the Squamish Nation has become a notable force in British Columbia — and Glen Newman has been a force in that growth. In 1983, when he sat for this portrait, Patricia Logie learned that Newman started war canoe racing as a young man at the suggestion of Uncle Louis Miranda, an interest that tied him to his Squamish culture. Uncle Louis’s inspiration helped Newman learn discipline and sportsmanship, and kept him dedicated to education. Newman served as a social worker for years, incorporating his own sense of empathy and personal spirituality to create social development programs for the reservation. He put his dedication to use at home; he served as Band Manager for the Squamish Nation beginning in 1990, and Band Counsellor and Administrator for several years before that. In 1989, Newman said "It is through education that we will feed our children now," emphasizing the importance of the band’s education department to the future of the Squamish people.

For more information about First Nations in B.C., resources available at UBC, or information about these individuals, visit the Resources section.

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