Provincial Forum

Voicing Contested Histories:

Creating opportunities to foster diversity, inclusion and reconciliation


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | 9am – 3:30pm

Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Rd., Victoria

Join us for a province-wide workshop to explore the important role we all play in giving voice to diverse perspective on history.

In the spirit of Canada’s 150th anniversary themes of reconciliation, diversity and inclusion, the day will focus on issues and best practices for building relationships to support these themes within your museum or heritage institution. After an introductory overview, you will participate in facilitated, small-group discussions inspired by panel presentations.


Good Practice Panel #1. First Steps: Building relationships and breaking down barriers

  • Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, Coordinator, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley and Director, BC Historical Federation
  • Jodi Simkin, Director, Cultural Affairs and Heritage, Klahoose First Nation
  • Lara Wilson, Director of Special Collections and University Archivist,  University of Victoria Archives


Good Practice Panel #2: Capacity building, resource needs, planning, and interpretive approaches   

  • Brittney Crump, Business Management Coordinator, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (assisting with Stop of Interest signage program)
  • Sherri Kajiwara, Director | Curator, Nikkei National Museum
  • Marnie Rice, Cultural Planner, Vancouver Commemorates Canada 150+


This workshop is open to any and all cultural heritage professionals interested in supporting diversity, inclusion and reconciliation efforts around our province. Click here to see a draft agenda.

You can participate in-person or online.  Secure your seat today!

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Presented by the BC Museums Association, Royal Roads University, the British Columbia Heritage Branch and Heritage BC. 


Past Events and Programs

BC Museums Week and International Museum Day

BC Museums Week Proclamation

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed that May 14-21, 2017 shall be known as “BC Museums Week,” recognizing, among other things, “the importance of museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres and other memory institutions as keepers of legacy, places of learning, and drivers for the economic and social well-being of our communities.”

The BCMA was joined by 55 museums and related organizations from around BC as we celebrated and highlighted the work of our members, discussed important themes for the sector, and advocated for reconciliation and innovation within the sector.

BC Museums Week was perfectly situated in the international museum calendar as it included International Museum Day (IMD), an ICOM-sanctioned celebration now in its 40th year that takes place annually on May 18.

To learn more about BC Museums Week and IMD, click here.

2017 Regional Workshops –  April 10 (Nanaimo), April 24 (Penticton), May 1 (Prince George)

Our spring regional workshops will focus on emergency preparedness for fires, floods and earthquakes. Learn from the experts and begin, or refine, an emergency plan for your museum, gallery, archive, cultural centre or heritage site. Workshops will take place in Nanaimo, Penticton, and Prince George.  For more information and to register, click here

Indigenous Perspectives on Repatriation: Moving Forward Together – March 29-31, 2017, Kelowna, BC

The BC Museums Association was honoured to support this important symposium organized by the Royal BC Museum in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. On March 29–31, 2017, Indigenous organizations, cultural practitioners, scholars, museum and archive professionals convened in Kelowna to review past and current efforts and begin the process of identifying long-term strategies and resources required for First Nations to successfully secure the return of ancestral remains, sacred objects and intangible cultural heritage. Visit the symposium website or read the Repatriation Symposium Invitation (PDF) for more information on the event.

Conference 2016, Whistler

Our 2016 conference was held in Whistler from October 12-14, 2016. Learn more here.

Canada 150 Provincial Forum

Presented by the BC Museums Association, Royal Roads University and BC Heritage Branch with support from the BC Historical Federation and the Archives Association of  BC.

April 22 was a full day of dialogue at the Canada 150 Provincial Forum produced in partnership with Royal Roads University with support from the BC Heritage Branch and the Archives Association of BC. Check out all the Canada 150 Provincial Forum resources we gathered and produced here.