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Fall issue of British Columbia History rethinks recreation

The fall issue of British Columbia History will soon be in mailboxes and available digitally. The theme is “Rethinking Recreation” and explores the boundaries between work and play, asking questions such as “How do we spend our leisure time? and “What details of our past do we weave into the things we make?”

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Front Words with Mark Forsythe

In this excerpt from the new issue of British Columbia History, Mark Forsythe launches a new roundup of historical tidbits, from the launch of a Gitksan word game to an update on the Alexandra Bridge revival to the 40th anniversary of The Grey Fox.

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In conversation with Barry Gough: Possessing Meares Island

British Columbia History magazine’s Aimee Greenaway interviewed Dr. Barry Gough, author of Possessing Meares Island: A Historian’s Journey Through the Past of Clayoquot Sound, the winner of the 2022 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing.



Trail Museum acquires key hockey memorabilia

The Trail Museum has added three significant artifacts to its collection of hockey memorabilia, including a mask fashioned and worn by legendary Smoke Eaters goaltender Seth Martin.

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Victoria school board apologizes for Chinese segregation

The Victoria School Board has issued an apology to Chinese Canadians over a 1922 resolution to segregate Chinese students. In his presentation to the BCHF conference this year, historian John Adams discussed this topic.


New book gives tramway builder Byron Riblet his due

He was a brilliant engineer, responsible for the construction of aerial mining trams in the Kootenays and around the world. But you’ve probably never heard of Byron Riblet. In a new book, Ty Brown sets out to rectify that.

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Cumberland heritage site burns

A fire this month destroyed a barn and damaged a house in Cumberlands Coal Creek Historic Park, on what is known as Souther Farm. The village had only recently taken on stewardship of the buildings after the previous owner died late last year.

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Second edition of Sinixt history book released

A revised edition of a classic work about the alienation of the Sinixt First Nation from their traditional territory in the West Kootenay has been released. A lot has happened in the 20 years since Eileen Delehanty Pearkes first wrote The Geography of Memory, including a key Supreme Court of Canada decision.

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Video project to look at Sikh history in Terrace

Chetanveer Singh Dhillon (pictured), who grew up in Terrace, is developing a documentary video called the Sikh History Project. Sikhs have lived in the area since the early 1950s, but immigration began in earnest in the 1970s as they arrived to work in the lumber mills.

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Reviving Hogan’s Alley


An agreement between the City of Vancouver and the Hogan’s Alley Society will attempt to revive a once-vibrant Black neighbourhood, including housing, amenities, and a cultural centre.

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Transforming the Heritage Conservation Act

BCHF members are invited to take part on a project to align the Heritage Conservation Act in BC with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Virtual sessions are planned Sept. 20 and Oct. 6.

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Heritage BC and BC Museums Association plan conference, Act II

The Heritage BC and BC Museums Association will host the second part of their 2022 Joint Conference in person Nov. 2 to 4 in Lekwungen Territory/Greater Victoria. Attendance is capped at 150. Act I took place online in May.

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Lawney Reyes (1931-2022): Sinixt author and artist

Doukhobor leader J.J. Verigin is seen at left, with Lawney Reyes at centre, at k'pit'els in October 2009.

Lawney Reyes, a noted artist and author, has died at 91. His mother and grandfather were the last permanent residents of k’pit’els, the Sinixt village at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers opposite Castlegar.

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