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60-Second Decades

During our 2022 conference, each session began with a minute-long video consisting of historic moments and pictures from the BCHF’s first century. We’re now posting the videos on Facebook.



Japanese-Canadian fishing boat restored

The Slocan Valley Historical Society has spent the past few years restoring a Japanese-Canadian fishing boat, with hopes of turning it into a dryland exhibit. This video from Shaw TV looks at Eric Chevalier, the shipwright who has been doing the work.


The Beveridges: A pioneer family in Clayton

Jack and Maggie Beveridge were pioneer settlers in Clayton (Surrey). They purchased 20 acres, homesteaded, and raised their family. This video is from the Surrey Historical Society.



Wings Over Canada: Chinese Canadians in the Skies

This presentation recorded June 28 at the Chinatown Storytelling Centre in Vancouver includes the little-known stories of Chinese Canadian pilots. The speakers are Evelyn Wong, Ramona Mar, and Annika Sun.


Punjabi film shot in Barkerville released

A film entitled ਛੱਲਾ ਮੁੜ ਕੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਇਆ (Chhalla Mud Ke Nahi AayaChhalla Never Returned), shot in Barkverville and starring Amrinder Gill, has been released, telling the story of a Punjabi immigrant, inspired by the stories of workers in BC sawmills in the early 20th century. Click the button to watch the trailer or read more from the CBC.


Golden’s Edelweiss Village preserved digitally

Edelweiss Village, ca. 1910s. (Simon Fraser University MSC130-2198-01)

The University of Calgary is working to digitally capture the Edelweiss Village chalets north of Golden while their future is uncertain. They were built between 1910 and 1912 to house Swiss mountain guides brought to the Rockies.

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Heritage Minute to celebrate Paldi

Paldi schoolchildren, date unknown. (South Asian Canadian Digital Archive)

A new Heritage Minute will focus on Paldi, the multicultural Vancouver Island town founded in 1916 by Sikh immigrants, and featured in an ongoing series in British Columbia History magazine.


Museum of Vancouver launches new online collection database

The Museum of Vancouver has launched the public portal to their new collections database. It has advanced search functionalities and it allows you to also browse by collection. You can even save and print a list of objects that you select.

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Rails, Jails and Trolleys

The South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley is screening Rails, Jails and Trolleys, a documentary film about the Indian Farmers’ Protest. The film, to be shown Aug. 24, documents history’s largest farmers’ protest and the Canadian diaspora’s response to it.

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Powell River hospital changes name to qathet

Powell River, date unknown. (Simon Fraser University MSC130-12260-01)

While Powell River council has not yet decided whether to change the name of the town, the local hospital has been renamed qathet General, following a proposal from the Tla’amin government.

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Tashme Museum hosting authors

Danielle R. Graham, Jeff Chiba Sterns, and P.J. Patten, who have all written about the Japanese-Canadian internment in different ways, will be at the Tashme Museum near Hope on Aug. 20.

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