The Royal BC Museum is home to thousands of spectacular photographs, films, recordings and objects showcasing the varied cultures of BC’s First Nations. These items represent up to 10,000 years of history from across BC and celebrate the diversity and resilience of BC’s First Peoples. The Royal BC Museum is honoured to care for these extraordinary collections, providing an invaluable resource for research and public programming.
Whether you’re visiting in person or online, these collections will broaden and evolve your understanding of BC’s First Nations cultures. Visit the museum and explore the permanent First Peoples Galleries, experience the award-winning Our Living Languages exhibition or visit the BC Archives. Researchers can access thousands of records documenting First Nations communities in the BC Archives, including the Vancouver Island Treaties and recordings from musicologist Ida Halpern. Online, learn about the indigenous languages of BC on the Learning Portal or immerse yourself in videos about BC’s First Nations on the RBCM Channel.
In May 2016, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs announced Canada supports, without qualification, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.