We are thrilled to have Chepximiya Siyam’ Janice George join the BCMA team. She is a curator, designer, teacher, artist, and a hereditary chief of the Squamish Nation and will be working with the BCMA and its members to continue building and strengthening connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and organizations across the province.
Chief George looks forward to working with our members and would like to share the following message:
“I am excited to be facilitating relationships between BC Nations and museums. I would love to pass on what it could mean to each community to look at collections, talk to elders and culture keepers and tell the story of our people. It is empowering to all generations, so much can be made from the history and objects, education kits for schools, exhibitions for cultural centres, and collaborative work with museums. I look forward to helping build information sharing between BC Nations and Museums!“
This is a new role at the BCMA and represents a partnership between the BCMA, the Royal BC Museum, and First Peoples’ Cultural Council. In addition to supporting the BCMA’s work with Indigenous communities, Chief George will also work with the Royal BC Museum’s traveling exhibition Our Living Languages providing community outreach services and connecting with Indigenous communities, as well as museums, cultural and interpretive centres in BC as the exhibit travels the province.
The BCMA would like to thank the BC Arts Council for their support of this position. We look forward to working with Chief George to increase the BCMA’s cultural competencies and connections with Indigenous communities.
Chief George will have the opportunity to travel to connect with our members in person. If you would like to connect her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to record a podcast introducing Chief George to the BCMA community very soon, stay tuned for a new episode on the BCMA Podcast page.