Indigenous Culture & Heritage Resources

The BC Museums Association is proud to feature a collection of resources for Indigenous communities, cultural centres and museums as well as non-Indigenous museums, galleries, and cultural organizations who wish to strengthen their relationships with Indigenous communities.

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New: Indigenous Priorities Fund

Indigenous-led grant to support local Nations and Indigenous organizations. The Indigenous Granting Advisory Pilot is an Indigenous-led granting initiative begun in late 2022. The Advisory guides the development of this Indigenous granting process, completes application reviews, and makes granting recommendations for the Indigenous Priorities Fund. The purpose of this Fund is to support social, cultural, and legal infrastructure for Indigenous communities in the capital region.

CARE Resources

A collection of resources that aim to connect museums with the knowledge and ideas they need to make meaningful steps towards reconciliation and decolonization while being mindful of the time and capacity of Indigenous communities and knowledge holders.

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Start here for BCMA recommended resources to begin your learning.


Repatriation Call to Action

Museums need community support to ensure that the work they undertake to address past and present harms will last. Museums hold special places in the hearts of many British Columbians and when we change our exhibits and collections, it can often feel sudden or unexpected. We must encourage the public to come to us with their questions and curiosity, and so we can help equip them with the information needed to understand these changes. We encourage institutions to use repatriation as an opportunity to show the return of ancestral possessions as a celebration and not a loss, a new addition to the stories we tell, not a removal. These informed community members can then help spread their support to other museums.

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Repatriation Call to Action

The British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) calls upon all publicly-funded institutions to repatriate ancestral human remains and burial items. In 2022, we are expanding the reach of this Call to Action to advocate for public education around repatriation.

Repatriation Policy Examples

We encourage institutions to check out this selection of Repatriation Policy examples from across BC and Canada. Use what you learn to form a policy that works in your institution, and which can be made publicly available to keep sharing and improving!

2020 Repatriation Grant Report

Download the BCMA's Final Report to the Province of BC.

2020 Repatriation Grant Archive

Explore the guidelines, application, and FAQ from the 2020 Repatriation Grants.

BCMA Member Directory

Looking to connect to a museum in your area regarding repatriation? You can use our Member Directory to search all our member organizations. Please note that this is not a list of ALL museums in the province, only those who are BCMA Members.

Indigenous Advisory Committee

The BC Museums Association is proud to receive guidance and support from the BCMA Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Rod Naknakim Declaration

We call upon all cultural organizations to embrace the ideals of the Rod Naknakim Declaration.