The BC Archives holds a significant number of records relating to Indigenous peoples and communities. Many are government records created by settlers about First Nations, but we also have a number of records that contain first-hand Indigenous accounts, including audio recordings of songs and ceremonies, photographs of communities and people, and transcripts of government interviews with Indigenous people.
At this time, we hold no records created by Indigenous communities or organizations. In our journey of reconciliation, we are actively pursuing ways to redress the balance of voices in our collections and we welcome offers from First Nations groups who wish to donate records, histories or cultural knowledge to the BC Archives.
Some current projects that seek to highlight Indigenous voices and decolonize our institution include the following: