10 Places to Learn About Indigenous Culture in BC

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10 Places to Learn About Indigenous Culture in BC

Canada’s second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be held on Friday, September 30th. To learn about its importance, we recommend learning about indigenous cultures.

In fact, there are many places throughout the state where you can learn about Indigenous history, art, and more. These cultural centers and galleries are great places to visit year-round, not just for Orange Shirt Day.

Here are 10 places in British Columbia where you can learn about Indigenous culture.

anthropology museum

Museum of Anthropology/Facebook

The Museum of Anthropology is the perfect place to see breathtaking artwork and unique artifacts of the Pacific Northwest Indigenous peoples. The MOA, which he first opened its doors in 1947, has worked with indigenous communities across BC, as well as Pacific islanders, Africans, Asians and Latin Americans, to create large sculptures, totem poles, jewellery, and more. We exhibited various items. The museum also houses the world’s largest collection of works by acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reed.

address: 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
phone: 604-822-5087

Indigenous Hall of the Surrey Museum

The Aboriginal Hall of the Surrey Museum is a gathering, storytelling and exhibition space for the three land nations of Surrey: the Katsy First Nation, the Kwantren First Nation and the Semi-Amu First Nation. A first of its kind, the Hall is a dynamic space for education that evolves as relationships grow and strengthen.

address: 17710 56A Avenue, Surrey
phone: 604-592-6956

Bill Reed Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

The Bill Reed Gallery is the only public gallery in the country dedicated to contemporary indigenous art from the Northwest Coast, named after a famous Haida artist. The gallery is home to Simon Fraser University’s Bill Reed Collection and also hosts a variety of special exhibitions, workshops, and panel discussions.

address: 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver
phone: 604-682-3455

Capilano Suspension Bridge – Chiaparano

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is home to Kia’palano, an educational center where guests can learn about the people of Skwxwú7mesh and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Capilano is home to North America’s largest collection of privately owned totem poles, full of local Aboriginal stories and art to discover.

address: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
phone: 604-985-7474

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center

Whistler's Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center

Whistler’s Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center/Facebook

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center opened in 2008 and was built by two First Nations who have lived in Whistler and its surrounding traditional territories for thousands of years. The center showcases the history and culture of the Squamish and Lil’wat peoples through guided tours, workshops and craft activities. It’s a short drive from Metro Vancouver, but definitely worth the experience.

address: 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
phone: 866-441-7522

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Fraser River Discovery Center

The Fraser River Discovery Center in New Westminster shines a spotlight on the story and diversity of the entire Fraser River. The center’s exhibits and educational content are created in collaboration with indigenous communities and include Working Rivers (Economy), Rivers Wilds (Environment), and Rivers Peoples (Socio-Cultural).Visitors can also check out our bones are made of salmon An exhibition based on the memories and experiences of Musqueam elder Larry Grant and Stó:lō cultural advisor Dr. Sonny McHalsie.

address: 788 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
phone: 604-521-8401

Squechaise Lodge

Owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), Squachais Lodge and Residences consists of a boutique hotel, a fair trade Aboriginal art gallery and two VNHS owned and operated social enterprises (Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Galleries). I’m here. Artist in Residence Program. Her 18 rooms in the Aboriginal hotel were designed by his six local hotel designers who partnered with six indigenous artists to create stunning art installations in each unit.

address: 31 West Pender Street, Vancouver
phone: 888-998-0797

Vancouver International Airport

YVR is filled with indigenous art and architecture that welcomes visitors to the city.Locals are also encouraged to discover many works of art, ranging from giant sculptures like Susan Point Cedar Connection For intricate jade and wood carvings like Dempsey Bob Story of Kirijo and RavenThe airport will also host an artist market where shoppers can support indigenous makers and creators.

address: 3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond
phone: 604-207-7077