Reimagining Museums: A Community Conversation

  • March 14, 2024–March 14, 2024 10:00am–12:00pm

Photo courtesy of Leah Ouellette©

Kamloops BC – On Thursday, March 14, 2024, the Kamloops Museum and Archives, the Secwe̓pemc Museum and Heritage Park, and the Royal BC Museum are hosting a lively discussion and workshop that reimagines the museum and its role in and among the community.

The purpose of this gathering is to explore expanding museum mandates, responsiveness, and meaningful, actionable collaboration in the context of deepening working relationships among the Kamloops Museum and Archives, the Secwe̓pemc Museum and Heritage Park, and the Kamloops community. The Royal BC Museum will play an important hosting role and frame their discussion around representation in the wider context of the province. Your voice, knowledge, and lived experiences are important contributions to this discussion.

This discussion and workshop held at the Kamloops Museum and Archives will be fun, playful, and surprising, with opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations, music, and more. Everyone is welcome to participate in meaningful conversations between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Light refreshments will be available. Registration is not required.

The event will begin with an opening prayer from the Tkʼemlúps te Secwépemc Language and Culture Department, followed by opening remarks from the Secwe̓pemc Museum and Heritage Park, the Royal BC Museum, and the Kamloops Museum and Archives. Four 15-minute breakout sessions will begin at 10:15 am, exploring the themes of Indigenous Reconciliation and the United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act implementation; format and location of museum experiences; diversity and representation; and inclusion and accessibility.

Language translation, storytelling, and drumming from the Tkʼemlúps te Secwépemc Language and Culture Department will begin at 11:30 am.