Founded in 1886 to preserve, classify, exhibit and keep for British Columbia the cultural objects of First Nations and natural history, the Royal BC Museum has worked in collaboration and partnership with First Nations communities since the 1950s. In 2017 a new First Nations department was created, comprising the anthropology and archaeology collections. To read more about the work of this department, see First Nations.
In August, 2016, the Royal BC Museum released a formal public response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report: “Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future.” In line with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we are further revitalizing our policies and responsive practices. The following information, updated regularly, represents some of the ways in which the Royal BC Museum and Archives is heeding the Calls to Action and embracing the spirit of reconciliation.