In the wake of an overwhelming month of news, learning more about our collective history and acting on positive change to make our society more inclusive, understanding and equitable is at the front of our minds. For National Indigenous Peoples Day, the BCMA asks you to commit yourself to learn more about the Indigenous Peoples who have been on these lands since time before memory, and put these learnings into practice in your professional lives.
As many Indigenous colleagues and partners have been focused on supporting their communities in response to the discoveries of burial sites at residential schools across the country, Koy Tayler and Leia Patterson, the BCMA’s Indigenous Engagement team, have put together some key decolonization, repatriation, and allyship resources for non-Indigenous museums and heritage organizations to read and learn from. You can also listen to Koy and Leia in conversation about these resources on the BCMA’s podcast channel or through the link below.
The BCMA would like to recognize that the work and knowledge found in these resources has been informed and provided by Indigenous communities over decades. We encourage all non-Indigenous museums and heritage organizations to learn about and find ways to support Indigenous communities in their region and to expand on their knowledge regularly.
We encourage members to reach out with their go-to resources, or to connect with us at any time! We are happy to chat with you!
Koy Tayler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leia Patterson: email@example.com
Listen to the Podcast
Listen to Indigenous Outreach & Partnership Coordinator Koy Tayler and
Learning Resource Coordinator Leia Patterson, discuss their thoughts on four different resources.
Resources Discussed in the Podcast:
Other Posts from the BCMA:
There are tangible, concrete steps that museums and museum professionals can take today that can make a difference. If you are offended, saddened, or enraged by the findings at Residential Schools across the country here are things you can do to take action.
In response to the discovery of unmarked burial sites of children’s remains at the sites of former residential schools in British Columbia and Manitoba, the #CancelCanadaDay hashtag has trended and many are calling upon organizations and institutions to cancel Canada Day celebrations in 2021 and use this day to reflect on the lives lost to the Canadian State and to ongoing colonial violence.
The BCMA calls upon all publicly-funded institutions to repatriate ancestral human remains and burial items. Launched on International Museums Day as part of BC Museums Week, the BCMA is asking all institutions to respond to actionable steps in support of this crucial step towards reconciliation.