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Time Traveller: Xwechtáal Andy Paull was a true Squamish Nation leader

Trained as a lawyer, Paull refused to be called to the bar because it would have meant giving up his Indigenous status.
Andy Paull

Xwechtáal Andrew (Andy) Paull (1892–1959) was a Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) leader, activist, longshoreman, orchestra manager, and coach.

Paull received legal training but never became a professional lawyer. He refused to be called to the bar because at that time it would have meant giving up his Indigenous status. So, he worked as a lay-lawyer for Indigenous people, as well as a land claims lobbyist. 

Paull was also a pivotal figure in Indigenous sports on the North Shore. Here he is seen in this 1929 photo with two members of the First Nations baseball team after winning the B.C. Senior B Championship. 

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver ,at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open by appointment only. Contact: archives@monova.ca

Navigate culture on the North Shore by using the North Shore Culture Compass.

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