Permanent Gallery

KMA Photo 1469 (Detail): 1871, Portage, Upper Gate Murchison's Rapids [Little Hell's Gate]. Benjamin Baltzly photograph collection.

riverpeoplenationstatepeople is the KMA's permanent exhibition. It is an evolving set of displays, revisions, questions and responses that place Kamloops' history in an ongoing process of self-evaluation.

Starting with stories of the first people of this region told through the voices of Secwépemc Museum & Heritage Park and Stk’emlupsemc te Secwépemc Nation and Secwépemc guest curator Tania Willard, a record of Secwépemc experience and cultural production has been placed at the centre of KMA’s permanent exhibition of regional history. This display is and will continue over time to be complemented by features developed in collaboration with communities across Kamloops that have been historically under-represented.

riverpeoplenationstatepeople signals a widened frame of reference for understanding the current of our region’s histories by exploring the tributaries that feed it. Unfolding incrementally, imperfectly, and unendingly, it is a sustained effort to use the unique space and tools of the Museum as a sounding board for voices from Kamloops' oldest and newest cultural communities.