The Royal BC Museum commits to a continuous journey of greater equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
Through training, dialogue and engagement that includes cultural groups and traditional and self-identified communities across the province, we are working to create a more inclusive museum for everyone.
We realize that we need to take a hard look at the past and present before we can be a truly inclusive place.
This means acknowledging the history of the museum (and museum practices) as much as the history of the peoples of this province.
The stories the museum is tasked with sharing have always been complex.
In them, the ongoing struggles for survival and self-determination of both the Indigenous peoples of this land and later arrivals from diverse cultures around the world are shaped by the historical and ongoing injustices of colonialism and oppression.
These stories are inextricably interconnected. And they must be continually examined and reframed as we work together to create a new story of reconciliation.
We are committed to sharing these interconnected stories, especially when they offer different perspectives of history. It’s one aspect of how (and why) we’re modernizing the entire museum.
There is considerable diversity in how the individuals and groups who share this province understand, experience and express themselves. The museum recognizes and values diversity and equity and is committed to ensuring all people within British Columbia, but especially those who have been left out of our storytelling, are respected, supported and have a voice.
This is a challenge, but we also see it an enormous opportunity, for which we are grateful.
After all, we are entrusted by the people of British Columbia to help document and share their historical stories. In the 134 years since the museum was founded, many of these stories have changed, as have those who tell them.
So too with those who frame how these stories are told.