The B.C. government is providing $500,000 to the BC Museums Association to provide a range of grants to support communities at different stages of the repatriation process. First Nation communities and organizations will be eligible for grants to support repatriation planning, building capacity to take on repatriation projects, and encouraging collaboration with cultural organizations.

Countless sacred items of cultural patrimony ­and ancestral remains, pillaged from burial sites and Indigenous communities, are in public and private collections across Canada and the world. The BC Museums Association is honoured to be able to contribute to the decades of work that BC First Nations have dedicated to bringing their ancestors and cultural property home.

More details on the application process and the types of funding available will be announced later this summer and the intake for 2020 grants will open on September 8. If you have questions or would like to be added to an email list for updates on the Repatriation Grants, please contact us at


Jodi Simkin, president of BC Museums Association –

“First Nations throughout British Columbia are eager to have their ancestors and related cultural patrimony repatriated. This funding demonstrates a commitment to helping achieve this important and essential step in the reconciliation process and the BCMA is proud to support this work.”


Dan Smith, chair of the BCMA Indigenous Advisory Committee and member of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation in Campbell River –

“This funding allows museums, archives, and Indigenous peoples new opportunities to work together towards decolonization and realizing the goals set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. True, meaningful, and lasting reconciliation must include the return of Indigenous culture back to Indigenous communities.”


Download a copy of the June 20th news release.


The BCMA would like to thank the B.C. government for their support of this program.