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Possessing Meares Island wins Lieutenant-Governor’s medal

Barry Gough has became the second person to win the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing twice, for his book Possessing Meares Island: A Historian’s Journey into the Past of Clayoquot Sound. Gough also won the award, presented by the BCHF, in 1984. Click the link below to learn the runners-up, as well as the winner of the Community History Book Award.

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Nikkei National Museum wins BCHF Storytelling Award

The BCHF has recognized the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby with its first annual Storytelling Award for the online exhibit Writing Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Protest Letters of the 1940s, which brings together and interprets Japanese Canadian letters written in protest of their dispossession and dispersal during the Second World War.

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Advocacy Award goes to Dr. Keith Thor Carlson and Naxaxalhts’i

The BCHF has presented its inaugural Advocacy Award to Dr. Albert “Sonny” McHalsie (Naxaxalhts’i) and Dr. Keith Thor Carlson, who are synonymous with Truth and Reconciliation in the Fraser Valley. They work in tandem with Stó:lō communities, Elders and Knowledge Keepers to uncover and share the past about the Peoples and lands of S’óhl Téméxw.

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Laila Axén presented with Cultural Resource Accessibility Award

Laila Axén is the inaugural winner of the BCHF Cultural Resource Accessibility Award, honouring excellence in cultural resource management work which aims to help connect British Columbians with their history. Axén founded the Swedish Heritage in British Columbia Museum and Archives in 2017.

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Explaining Settlers to Ourselves wins Best Article Award

A story about efforts to rethink a Victoria heritage site’s story has won the Anne and Philip Yandle Best Article Award from the BCHF. Explaning Settlers to Ourselves: Rethinking interpretive narratives at heritage sites by Kelly Black was published in the Spring 2021 edition of British Columbia History.

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Lydia Kinasewich named W. Kaye Lamb scholarship recipient


This year’s recipient of the W. Kaye Lamb $1,000 scholarship from the BCHF is Lydia Kinasewich of UNBC for her paper called From Health Resort to Pleasure Resort: Re-Constructing Harrison Hot Springs as a Tourist Destination, 1920-30. This was in the third and fourth year category.

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Award of Recognition: Marlin (Marl) Brown

Marlin (Marl) Brown of Fort Nelson is a recipient of a BCHF Award of Recognition. The founder of the Fort Nelson Historical Society in 1977, Marl was a pillar as the first and only curator of the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum until his passing in 2021.

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Certificate of Merit: Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson of Nanaimo is the recipient of a BCHF Certificate of Merit. Wilson is the author of numerous works about soda manufacturers and brewers of British Columbia, including the recent Soda Kings of BC & the Yukon volumes. 

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Certificate of Merit: Kevin Eastwood and Siren Screen

Kevin Eastwood and Siren Screen Productions are the recipients of a BCHF Award of Recognition for British Columbia: An Untold History. This four-part historical documentary highlights the people, forces and events that shaped BC.

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BCHF 2022-23 board sees changes in key roles

The June 4 annual general meeting of the BC Historical Federation saw a new board acclaimed for 2022-23, including a shuffle of some key positions. We have a new president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and four new directors. In all, there are five new faces and nine returning people.

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A fond farewall to outgoing BCHF directors

We are bidding adieu to three members of the BCHF board and thanking our outgoing president, who will be staying on to guide us as past president, and our past president, who becomes honorary president.

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BC History summer issue highlights Landscapes of Injustice

The summer issue of the magazine will be hitting mailboxes soon. It features the Landscapes of Injustice Project, which is a research and public history project exploring the dispossession of Japanese Canadians as part of their forced displacement and internment in the 1940s.

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Help us win $20,000!

Each June the BCHF participates in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge put on by CanadaHelps, a non-profit organization that makes it easy for Canadian charities to accept online donations. Donations to the BCHF this month will enter the organization into a national draw for $20,000.

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