Haida monumental poles and cultural treasures begin repatriation journey home to Haida Gwaii
Return of culturally sensitive Haida belongings from the City’s collection at MOV now underway
VANCOUVER, BC – Today on the unceded territorities of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, at the ancestral village of Senakw /sən̓aʔqʷ, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) hosted a cultural ceremony to mark the repatriation of Haida cultural treasures to Haida Gwaii.
The Haida cultural treasures include two monumental poles, one from MOV and another from UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, as well as pole fragments and a number of culturally significant belongings.
For decades, a number of sacred and culturally sensitive belongings from the Haida Nation have been held in the City of Vancouver’s collection at MOV. As part of Vancouver’s ongoing commitment as a City of Reconciliation, as well as the Haida Now exhibition currently on view, MOV is actively engaged in partnership with the Haida Repatriation Committee, the Council of the Haida Nation and the Haida Gwaii Museum to deaccession and repatriate belongings from the collection to their rightful owners within the Haida Nation.
Museum of Vancouver and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre celebrate the start of summer by bringing a new dynamic event to Vanier Park
On Friday June 21, 2019 the Museum of Vancouver and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre invite the public to a 19+ summer kick-off party in celebration of the Summer Solstice. In honour of the longest day of the year, these two organizations will open the doors of their unique building for an engaging partnership event filled with activities, lectures, traditional storytelling, Star Theatre shows, exhibitions, drinks, games, music, food and so much more.
First Nations knowledge holders Woody Morrison and Latash Nahanee will perform Solstice themed storytelling. Participants will learn how the Haida and Squamish approach and celebrate Solstice on this day, one that is now recognized as National Indigenous Peoples Day.
“The solstices and equinox are important events on the Squamish calendar,” says Latash Nahanee of the Squamish Nation, “It is through such events that it is possible to be prepared for harvesting the bounty made available from the Creator.”
There is Truth Here, Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to announce its newest feature exhibition There is Truth Here, Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools. Curated by Andrea Walsh, associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Victoria, and originally held at the Legacy Art Gallery in Victoria, the exhibition has been adapted with additional works from the MOV collection. Sharon Fortney, Curator of Indigenous Collections and Engagement at MOV, leads the project of bringing the exhibition to Vancouver. There is Truth Here, opening on April 5, 2019, focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Osoyoos), St Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island) and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba). The focus of the exhibition is not on the schools themselves, but upon witnessing the experiences of the children/survivors as conveyed through their childhood artworks – for some the only surviving material from their childhoods.
EasyPark partners as a sponsor to Museum of Vancouver’s Enhanced Education Support Initiative.
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to announce that Easy Park, a current educational partner, is supporting MOV’s Enhanced Education Support Initiative, a program designed to provide access to culture and learning opportunities for children from under-resourced Vancouver elementary schools.
Museum of Vancouver and BC Alliance for Arts + Culture present All Candidates Meeting on Arts and Culture on October 15
Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and BC Alliance for Arts + Culture have partnered to host an All Candidates Meeting prior to the Vancouver municipal election. Eight mayoral and three city council candidates will reveal their stance on the importance of arts, culture and heritage to a thriving, sustainable Vancouver, Oct. 15, 5-7 pm, at the Museum of Vancouver.
Museum of Vancouver invites Vancouverites to explore and celebrate innovation in action. 20+ designers stationed throughout the museum’s galleries, discuss their work during Why I Design.
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present a stimulating night of inquiry, connectivity, and innovation focused on the creative process with its 4th annual Why I Design event. On the evening of Saturday, November 3, from 7-11pm, a big party packs over two dozen designers into museum spaces for drinks, demonstrations and discussion.
Identity explored through the works of Korean Canadian artists at MOV with in/flux: Art of Korean Diaspora
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver proudly present In/Flux: Art of Korean Diaspora, a collaborative exhibition featuring works from three Korean-Canadian artists, on display from September 28, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Curated by Jillian Povarchook, Curatorial Associate at MOV, the exhibition features selected works of Jin-me Yoon, Junghong Kim, and Jin Hwa Kim, artists originally from the Republic of Korea now based in the Vancouver area. Carefully curated selections of photography, traditional calligraphy, and ceramics will be on display, all conveying, in their own way, the complex and dynamic nature of Canadian art and identity.
Reconciliation in Action: Museum of Vancouver announces 2018 Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) today announced new additions to its Board of Directors. Christina Clark, Chief Janice George, Melissa Holland, Leona Sparrow, and Karen Thomas were elected at MOV’s annual general meeting for two - year terms. “The Museum of Vancouver is committed to reconciliation with indigenous communities and the elections of Chief Janice George (Skwxwú7mesh Nation), Leona Sparrow (Musqueam Indian Band) and Karen Thomas (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) mark a new chapter in MOV’s history” said Joan Young, Chair of the Board of Directors, noting that “we believe that MOV is the first Vancouver cultural institution to have elected representatives from the city’s three host nations.”
Exclusive Media Tour of New Exhibition - Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives
Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and Nature Vancouver invite media to an exclusive curated tour of the illuminating exhibition, Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, June 28, 2018, 11am-12:30pm at MOV (1100 Chestnut Street). Co-curated by Viviane Gosselin, Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, and Lee Beavington of Nature Vancouver, the exhibition delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city. Scenic design, videos, taxidermy, crowd-sourcing technologies, and the display of natural specimens breathe life into these tales of co-habitation. The immersive nature of the exhibition, including hands-on activities, encourages visitors to examine their relationship with nature, think about momentarily disconnecting from their devices, and find equilibrium with the natural world around them.
Museum of Vancouver Invites Urbanites to Reflect on the Environment with
Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives
Co-produced with Nature Vancouver in celebration of its centenary, New Exhibition Challenges Visitors to Explore and Engage with the Natural World. VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and Nature Vancouver proudly present the illuminating exhibition, Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, on display from June 28, 2018 to September 2019. This exhibition delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city. Scenic design, videos, taxidermy, crowdsourcing technologies, and the display of natural specimens breathe life into these tales of co-habitation. The immersive nature of the exhibition, including hands-on activities, encourages visitors to examine their relationship with nature, think about momentarily disconnecting from their devices, and find equilibrium with the natural world around them.
MOV, City of Vancouver, and Vancity Team Up to Support Reconciliation through Public Education Series
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity) and the City of Vancouver (COV) as Partners in Reconciliation in support of MOV’s journey of Reconciliation. The partners share the goals of promoting public awareness of Reconciliation, strengthening relations with First Nations and Indigenous communities, and incorporating First Nations’ perspectives into their respective organizations to improve and enhance their services.
This initiative coincides with MOV’s presentation of Haida Now, an exhibition guest curated by Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in collaboration with Viviane Gosselin, Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, on display from March 16, 2018 to March 2020. The collection features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers, and print-makers, some collected as early as the 1890s. The City of Vancouver is also a partner in Haida Now, which offers visitors the opportunity to experience the world view and sensibility of the Haida people while gaining greater appreciation of the role museums can play in the Reconciliation movement.
Stories of Resilience and Road to Reconciliation EasyPark new Partner in Education
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is very pleased to announce that EasyPark has become a new Partner in Education. Specifically, EasyPark is supporting MOV’s new School’s Program Stories of Resilience and the Road to Reconciliation.
MOV is currently realigning its school program syllabus with an emphasis on Indigenous content throughout K-12 to align with the Ministry of Education prescribed learning outcomes. This spring, MOV is introducing Stories of Resilience and the Road to Reconciliation, a program that will explore the devastating effects of colonialism, including the intergenerational trauma caused by the residential school system and First Peoples’ struggle to retain their cultural identity. The program will focus on the resilience of Indigenous communities in the face of assimilative policies and the Museum’s role in the reconciliation process.
"Reconciliation is not an aboriginal problem - it is a Canadian problem. It involves us all." Justice Murray Sinclair.
World-Class Collection of Haida Art on Display in its Entirety for the First Time at MOV with - Haida Now -
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) presents a visual feast of innovation and tradition with Haida Now, a collaborative exhibition featuring an unparalleled collection of Haida art. Guest curated by Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in collaboration with Viviane Gosselin, Co-curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, the exhibition will feature more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers and print makers, collected as early as the 1890s. An impressive group of local Haida Artists will share their insights and knowledge about the collection, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience a new, powerful way to engage with the worldview and sensibility of the Haida people while gaining greater appreciation for the role museums can play in the reconciliation movement.