April 2021
The British Columbia Historical Federation has provided a collective voice for its member societies since 1922.


Finalists announced for historical writing competition

We are pleased to announce this year’s finalists for the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Competition. Click the button for the full list. The 2021 book awards gala will take place online on June 5 at 7 p.m. The award celebrates books that make significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia.

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A preview of the BCHF 2021 conference

We have created a video to give you a sneak peak of the upcoming BCHF virtual conference! Click the button below to watch it, and click here for more information and to register.


Heritage BC recognizes UBC students

Mark Forsythe interviews UBC students involved in the Heritage Partnerships in Community Engaged Learning program. Watch the full video here.

Students in the BCHF’s fall partnership with UBC have been awarded a recognition prize from Heritage BC. The project paired 11 third year UBC students with heritage organizations and/or historical research projects to assist community partners during the pandemic.

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Johnson Insurance scholarship program opens

Members of the BC Historical Federation and members of our member societies, can receive reduced rates on home and travel with Johnson Insurance. Additionally, your children or grandchildren are eligible for one of Johnson Insurance’s $1,000 scholarships. Applications are now open and close July 15.

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Francophone pioneers of Vancouver

The Vancouver Historical Society recently hosted Maurice Guibord executive director of the Société Historique Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (and BCHF board member). You can watch his presentation, which includes a look at BC’s first female architect, by clicking the button. 


Share your news in the Buzz!

BCHF member societies are always welcome and encouraged to share news to be presented on the BCHF website, in the Buzz, and on our social media channels. Let history buffs in the rest of the province know what you are working on. Email greg@bchistory.ca.


A number of events are planned through May 2 for Sikh Heritage Month in BC, including a presentation related to the Komagata Maru and a virtual walking tour that follows the stories of two families involved in the Khalsa Diwan Society and early growth of the Sikh and South Asian community.

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Database on Japanese-Canadian internment launched

Luggage on display at the Nikkei Memorial Internment Centre in New Denver.

The Landscapes of Injustice project has launched a major digital archive on the Japanese-Canadian internment in Canada. It includes tens of thousands of government records, oral histories, land titles, individual case files and personal documents.

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New anti-racism resource released

150 Years and Counting (150YC) is a new open-access, multi-media resource that documents how recent anti-racist activism is part of a broader history of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities challenging white supremacy for over 150 years. Download a free copy here.

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Funding announced for Alexandra Bridge rehab

The New Pathways to Gold Society has received $500,000 from the Community Economic Resiliency Infrastructure Program to perform stabilization work on the historic 1926 Alexandra Bridge in the Fraser Canyon. 

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VIU anthropology prof awarded BC Good Citizenship medal

Imogene Lim, a VIU anthropology teacher, has received the Province of B.C. Medal for Good Citizenship for her “outstanding service and commitment to helping others in their communities.” Lim has been a strong voice for social justice with a Chinese-Canadian historical perspective.

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Fire helps Skeetchestn uncover their past

A destructive 2017 fire west of Kamloops had one upside: it made it easier for the Skeetchestn First Nation to do archaeological surveys. The bare ground helps confirm the Back Valley has been home to Indigenous people for thousands of years.

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Cortes Island Museum and Archives launches digital resource

A new digital resource is available from the Cortes Island Museum and Archives. You can view digitized images, listen to oral history interviews, or search the entire archival database.

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Author Q&A: Captain Cook Rediscovered

Our blog series Author Q&A pulls back the curtain on the historical writing process, introducing local authors and hearing how their stories featuring aspects of British Columbia’s history were inspired. This time we feature David Nicandri, author of Captain Cook Rediscovered: Voyaging to the Icy Latitudes.

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