The BCMA participated in the BC Historical Federation Conference, May 24-26 in Chilliwack.  We were thrilled to sponsor one of the evening sessions and network with our colleagues from across the province at this great event.

Matthew Francis, Director of Chilliwack Museum & Archives speaks to the 80+ delegates who attended the Grand Theft Terra Firma event.

On Friday, May 26, over 80 conference delegates joined us for an evening spent with artists David Campion and Sandra Shields whose exhibition Grand Theft Terra Firma: Stories of (Re)conciliation explores how S’ólh Téméxw — the traditional and unceded lands of the Stó:lō (People of the River) — began being colonized in the mid-1800s.

Artists David Campion and Sandra Shields talk about their exhibit, Grand Theft Terra Firma

The evening presentation asked hard questions about how history is lived and interpreted today, by people of both Indigenous and settler ancestry. Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon was also in attendance for this very interesting and provocative presentation.

Thank you to the BCHF for welcoming us to the conference, and to all the delegates who came to see Grand Theft Terra Firma.  We’ll see you next year!