BC | Canada 150 Grant Recipient Project Highlights

Chase and District Museum

Project: Together We are Stronger
Funding Received: $15,000

The Chase and District Museum and Archives Society is a non-profit society established in 1984 with the mandate to preserve and present the rich historical culture of the Shuswap.

The project completed by the Museum for BC|Canada150 saw the installation of a CPR engine bell from the Museum’s collections onto a cairn in front of the Museum. The stone cairn topped by the brass CPR locomotive bell is a permanent tribute to Canada’s strength as a nation.

The bell has historical significance to Chase as it was donated by the CPR to the Catholic Church, which now houses the Museum. The building was one of the first buildings to be erected in Chase in 1909. When it was severely damaged by fire in 2011, the bell was one of the lucky artifacts to survive the blaze. The bell now lives outside the restored building, representing the spirit of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity.

It will now also stand as part of a monument to inclusion and co-operation. Three of the four sides of the cairn are finished with plaques designed by each of the three surrounding Aboriginal bands.

The project has helped instill goodwill between Chase and the Adams Lake, Little Shuswap and Neskonlith Indian Bands; and, hopefully between Canada and the Secwepmc Nation. Raising the Secwepmc Nations flag with the Canadian and BC flag indicates a movement towards reconciliation.

Having the bell and cairn available for the public creates a lasting monument which represents strength, collaboration, and unity.