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


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BCHF Conference Registration Opens, Speakers Announced

The 100th Anniversary year of the BC Historical Federation is a time for reflection, and the topic of this year’s conference —memory— provides BC’s historians a chance to do just that. View our list of speakers and register online to attend the online conference, June 2-5. 

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South Asian Canadian History and Heritage Preserved and Presented

On April 12th, the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley officially launched the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project in front of a large crowd that included project partners, community members, and government officials at the Surrey City Hall. Click read more to learn about the six projects. 

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Storytelling Experience Showcases Ay Lelum Fashion and Music

Ay Lelum —the Good House of Design—fused song, dance, fashion, video, and Snuneymuxw culture into a storytelling experience in their first major production and largest showcase to date.  Ay Lelum’s music was featured in British Columbia History magazine’s fall 2021 issue (vol. 54, no. 3).

Ay Lelum, run by sisters Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward-Good, is a second-generation fashion design house.  Their pieces feature traditional Coast Salish art created by their father, William Good, and brother, W. Joel Good, of the Snuneymuxw Hereditary Chief family.  Garment design is mentored by their mother, Sandra Moorhouse-Good.

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Across Alone: Canada by Foot & Canoe

He calls it the “super highway” for Indigenous people and fur traders. Bert ter Hart paddling and walking across Canada, from west to east, using only a sextant and compass. He’s following routes that Canada’s Indigenous people travelled for thousands of years; they later helped guide fur traders and explorers like David Thompson. BC Historical Federation’s Mark Forsythe spoke with Bert as he was about to launch from the Fraser River on April 1st, 2022. 

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BCHF visits the Museum of North Vancouver

It’s a community dream that began over 40 years ago, and is now a reality. The new Museum of North Vancouver has opened in the historic Shipyards District at Lower Lonsdale.

Many of its exhibits were developed in collaboration with the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlí̓ lwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

BC Historical Federation’s Mark Forsythe spoke with Museum Director Wesley A. Wenhardt and Commissioner Sheryl Rivers about this exciting project. BCHF Director Elwin Xie filmed and edited the piece. 

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New book looks at Kootenay rail travel history

While several books exist describing the construction and operation of railways in the Kootenays, Terry Gainer’s new book When Trains Ruled the Kootenays is the first to focus on the people who rode them.


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The BCHF offers a number of advertising opportunities in our e-newsletter, which is distributed to our entire membership monthly. Advertisements are jpeg images sized to 600 px wide for electronic distribution. To submit an ad, contact Greg Nesteroff: greg@bchistory.ca

Members enjoy discounted advertising rates. Choose 12 months for the best deal:

1-3 months = $100 each ($100-$300 annually)
4 months = $90 each ($360 annually)
6 months = $80 each ($480 annually)
8 months = $70 each ($560 annually)
12 months = $50 each ($600 annually)

Rates for non-members are as follows:

1-3 months = $150 each ($150-$450 annually)
4 months = $140 each ($560 annually)
6 months = $130 each ($780 annually)
8 months = $120 each ($960 annually)
12 months = $100 each ($1,200 annually)

British Columbia Historical Federation

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