On November 22, 2017, over 60 people gathered in-person at Royal Roads University, with another 45 participating online, for a province-wide workshop on “Voicing Contested Histories: Creating opportunities to foster diversity, inclusion and reconciliation.”

The day’s agenda and discussions focused on issues and good practices for building relationships to support these themes within museums, heritage institutions, libraries and galleries.

Below is a list of resources discussed throughout the day that we hope will support your organization’s diversity, inclusion and reconciliation efforts.

The event was presented in partnership with the BC Museums Association, Royal Roads University, the British Columbia Heritage Branch and Heritage BC. 

View the full video of the event here:

Or, view the livestream for three shorter, edited excerpts from the day’s discussion.



Voicing Contested Histories survey results Nov. 21

Truth & Reconciliation Canada

Truth & Reconciliation Canada Calls to Action report

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future – Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Reconciliation Canada Toolkits

“Protocols for Native American Archival Materials” – Society of American Archivists

Rethink 150 promotes commemoration through First Nations perspective – CBC

When Does It Become Social Justice? Thoughts on Intersectional Preservation Practice – National Trust for Historic Preservation

Ending Nostalgia at the Heritage Museum – Canadian ART

We Must Decolonize Our Museums! – AAM Alliance Labs

Guest Post by Seema Rao: How Museums Can Resist Racism and Oppression – Museum 2.0

Vancouver Public Library – Story City (interactive map of audio, images, and stories)

Canada 150+ Signature Events

Kairos Blanket Exercise – request an exercise facilitator here

Building Bridges through Understanding the Village – Facilitator Kathi Camilleri

Capital Regional District First Nations Relation Division (operates a listserv for reconciliation events, workshops, and other relevant information) – Contact Erich Kelch, Community Engagement Coordinator

BC Stops of Interest Signage

An alternative take on the BC Stops of Interest Signage: Archaeologist ‘decolonizes’ B.C.’s road signs via Photoshop (via CBC)

The Lost Stories Project engages Canadians in the process of exploring little known stories about their Canadian past.

A Missing Lesson from Charlottesville: Heritage as a Driver of Inclusion – National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Leadership Forum


Jodi Simkin

Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra

Geoffrey Bird

Sherri Kajiwara

Marnie Rice

Canada 150+ Resources from Marnie Rice

Brittney Crump

Resources provided by Sherri Kajiwara

Full National Post article: http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/you-know-that-we-had-nothing-to-do-with-this-war-long-lost-letters-from-interned-japanese-canadians?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NP_Top_Stories+(National+Post+-+Top+Stories)

Landscapes of Injustice http://www.landscapesofinjustice.com/

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centrehttp://centre.nikkeiplace.org/

NNM Virtual Museum of Canada Exhibits:

Nikkei National Museum Online Projects:


Words of Inspiration

Words from Chief Robert Joseph

“The Walk for Reconciliation is a powerful symbol of caring. Aboriginal People in communities where there is despair and hopelessness and brokenness and addiction, where bad things are happening, don’t think things will ever change – they believe that nobody cares. Then all of a sudden they see 70,000 people come out on a rainy Vancouver day and they think, oh my god, people do care! At that last walk, (in 2013) there were a lot of survivors of residential schools and they were crying because they were so overwhelmed.  Our history was so bad. It’s been so bad that most of us grew up feeling that we weren’t loved, even by our own parents. So to create this powerful demonstration of caring for each other is so important. This walk will be like the first walk, reminding Aboriginal People, former residential school survivors, that Canadians STILL care.

“The world is watching what we are doing here in Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was founded on ideas, which came from the survivors themselves. Even in their anger and rage they thought that what would help to save them is if they can tell their stories. The telling of their stories is the very first step to the possibility of letting it go and moving on and healing. The entire truth commission premise came from those stories and people asking for safe places to tell their stories. It hurts so much to carry these stories and never have told your mother or your sibling what happened to you. We were too ashamed and so hurt. And then all of a sudden this walk happened. I think it’s the most wonderful thing that’s ever happened in my lifetime.

“When we are reconciled, I see a Canada that is one.  I see a Canada where every child born to this country has the same potential and the same opportunity to dream and become whatever they want to become. I see that as so important.  Our kids are going to be able to look you in the eyes and say, “hi, I’m so and so” and not be ashamed of who they are, and really be proud of who they are. I think we could be a model for the world if we can do that here in Canada.”

— Chief Robert Joseph, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and a member of the National Assembly of First Nations Elders Council, speaking to Debbie Douez, Reconciliation Art Project Coordinator. Via BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.