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LETTER – Removing ‘settler’ displays from Royal B.C. Museum is just wrong

‘Old Town’ exhibit will be removed. (Image: Royal BC Museum)

Wednesday (Nov. 3) the Royal B.C. Museum decided to close, and in effect wipe out, an entire part of B.C.’s history (https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/rbcm-closing-3rd-floor-for-adecolonizationa-effort-that-will-remove-old-town-settler-displays-ship-4719972) … I for one completely disagree with this decision.

Wiping out the displays of the 3rd floor at the museum will not erase the past, nor will it change the injustices done to First Nations People.

What will the next “decolonization” effort look like?

Are we going to close Barkerville? Fort Steele? Fort McLeod? Fort Langley? And hundreds of other historic sites and local community museums?

We should not pretend our history didn’t happen, which is what removing the exhibits will do. Instead we need to weave in the culture of our Indigenous peoples, and share the wrongs done.

“Interim” CEO of the Royal B.C. Museum, Daniel Muzyka, might think he can pretend our history didn’t happen …but it did.

Put an end to this ridiculous plan, because it’s just wrong.

ALAN FORSETH

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ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

3 Comments on LETTER – Removing ‘settler’ displays from Royal B.C. Museum is just wrong

  1. Agreed. The entire history of BC was written by white men. Outside of legends and other oral “records” there are no histories of bC.

  2. I agree with you on this one Al.

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