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


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BCHF adopts values statement

The BCHF board recently adopted this statement of our values, consisting of six points: inclusive and diverse voices, evidence-based storytelling, supporting preservation, accessible and relevant, informal and professional, and transparent and ethical.

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The BCHF needs a treasurer

Due to a recent resignation, the BC Historical Federation is looking to fill the role of treasurer. Are you able to fill the role? Do you know someone who can? While it helps, you don’t have to be a bookkeeper or an accountant to hold the position. We just need someone willing to take it on. Contact president Rosa Flinton-Brown:

BCHF explorer-in-residence completes his journey

Bert ter Hart, our explorer-in-residence, who has been canoeing his way across Canada since April 1, has reached his final destination in Shippegan, New Brunswick. While we wait for him to rest up and post an official message, here is an account from someone who encountered him the day before his arrival. 

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Hippie Vancouver: Activism in the ‘60s and ‘70s

In a presentation hosted by the Vancouver Historical Society, author-artist Michael Kluckner describes the protests and activism of Vancouver’s hippie community of the 1960s and ‘70s and explains the long-term impacts.



Hockey Hall of Fame spot sought for Larry Kwong

A Vernon native who played senior hockey in Trail, Nanaimo, and Vancouver in the 1940s before breaking the NHL’s colour barrier should be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, supporters say.

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Terry Reksten Memorial Fund recipients announced

The Lillooet and District Historical Society and the Princeton and District Museum and Archives Society will both benefit from a memorial fund administered by the Friends of the BC Archives.

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New book looks at neglected aspects of Fernie history

Syrian and Chinese immigrants. Horror movie star Boris Karloff. A championship women’s hockey team. A catastrophic bank failure. All are part of Fernie’s history, but you probably didn’t know it. In his new book Beneath the Coal Dust, author Wayne Norton explores those subjects and others.

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Black Pioneers in BC: Economic, Political, and Social Influences

John T. Pierre was a merchant tailor in Victoria and Nelson.

The Friends of the BC Archives host a speakers series, which are provided in person in Victoria, as well as online through Zoom. The October speaker is Fran Morrison, who on Sunday afternoon will tell the story of the migration and settlement of Black people in BC, starting in 1858.

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BC History Digitization Program calls for submissions


The British Columbia History Digitization Program is now accepting applications for project funding. The program, initiated by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to support digitization projects that make unique British Columbia content freely available.

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1926 footage of Namgis First Nation discovered

Vernon historian/videographer Francois Arsenault has unearthed footage of the Namgis First Nation filmed at Alert Bay nearly a century ago. 


Students produce tribute to Semiahmoo First Nation

Semiahmoo Secondary students have created a film to strengthen ties with the Semiahmoo First Nation. Mehak Dhaliwal, Dasnoor Kaur, Jasmine Mangat and Simrit Mangat created Truth and Reconciliation: A Tribute to the Semiahmoo First Nations.


Nominations open for BC and Yukon Book Prizes

Nominations are open until Dec. 1 for the annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes, which celebrate the achievements of British Columbia and Yukon writers, illustrators, and publishers. Meanwhile, nominations for the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing, presented by the BCHF, are open until Dec. 31.

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Cole Harris (1936-2022): Historical geographer

UBC professor Cole Harris, who has died at 86, was a prominent historical geographer. He also wrote several books about the history of the Slocan Valley, where his family has had the Bosun Ranch since 1897.

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