B.C. museum launches $500K grant to repatriate First Nations artifacts, ancestral remains

CBC, Clare Henning, April 11, 2018

"In museums around the world, cultural belongings and ancestral remains of B.C. First Nations are on display in glass cabinets and collection racks — many of them gathered without the consent of local communities.

The Royal B.C. Museum announced a $500,000 grant this week to help First Nations, communities recover cultural artifacts, ancestral remains and intangible heritage like songs, stories and language recordings from museums.  

The B.C. government had previously allocated $2 million to the museum in 2016 to develop the First Nations department and repatriation program. 

Lucy Bell, a member of the Haida Nation, is the head of the department and repatriation program.

She has been at the forefront of the Haida Nation's repatriation program for two decades and knows first-hand some of the challenges that come from recovering cultural items from institutions."

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