AJAX progress indicator
  • 1

  • 16 mm film*
    16mm refers to the width of a popular gauge of film often used for movies.

  • a

  • Amendment
    A minor improvement in a document (esp. a legal or statuaory one).

  • Archeology
    The study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of physical remains.

  • Archivist
    A person who maintains and is in charge of archives.

  • Assimilated
    Absorb (people) into a larger group, esp. by causing a minority culture to acquire the characteristics of the majority culture.

  • b

  • Biases
    A predisposition or prejudice.

  • Biogeographic
    The scientific study of the geographical distribution of plants and animals.

  • Blended Families*
    A family that includes children of a previous marriage of one spouse or both.

  • British Empire*
    A worldwide system of dependencies—colonies, protectorates, and other territories—that over a span of some three centuries was brought under the sovereignty of the crown of Great Britain and the administration of the British government.

  • c

  • Chinese Freemason*
    Chinese Freemasons is the oldest and one of the most influential Chinese organizations in Canada. The Freemasons were first established during the BC gold rushes, in the style of the traditional Hongmen society in China.

  • Commemoration
    A service or part of a service in memory of a person, an event, etc.

  • Contingent
    A group with common orgins, interests, etc. representing a larger body.

  • Convalescents
    Recovering from an illness or injury.

  • Curator
    An employee of a musem responsible for the collections.

  • d

  • Discrimination
    An act, instance, policy, etc. of unfavourable treatment based on prejudice, esp. regarding race, age, or sex.

  • Diversity/Diverse
    A variety.

  • Dominion of Canada*
    Dominion of Canada is the country's formal – but rarely used – title, first applied to Canada at Confederation in 1867.

  • e

  • Ethnobotonist
    The traditional knowledge of a people concerning plants and their uses.

  • Excavation
    To dig out material from the ground to explore.

  • Exoskeleton*
    A rigid external covering for the body in certain animals, esp. arthropods, providing support or protection.

  • f

  • Flume
    A deep narrow channel or ravine with a stream running through it.

  • Fort Victoria*
    Fort Victoria was established by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1843 as a depot for the northern Pacific trade.

  • g

  • Genealogy
    A line of descent traced from an ancestor.

  • Geoscience
    The study of earth sciences.

  • Governor General
    The representative of the Crown in a Commonwealth country that regards the Queen as head of state.

  • Governor James Douglas*
    Sir James Douglas was a fur trader, governor of Vancouver Island (1851-63), and of British Columbia (1858-64).

  • Gurdwara*
    A Sikh temple, place of worship.

  • h

  • Head Tax*
    A fixed fee charged to each Chinese person entering Canada beginning in 1885.

  • Heritage
    Things such as works of art, cultural achievements and folklore that have been passed on from earlier generations.

  • i

  • Immigrant
    Come as a permanent resident to a country other than one's native land.

  • Indigenous*
    Indigenous: the referred person(s) is from that place. An overarching term to cohesively discuss First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

  • Indo-Canadian*
    Those people referred to as South Asians, Indo-Canadians or East Indians are one of the most diverse ethnocultural populations in Canada. They trace their origins to South Asia, which encompasses India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka..

  • Inference/Inferences
    The forming of a conclusion from premises.

  • Inquiry
    The act or an instance of asking or seeking information.

  • Introspective
    The examination or observation of one's own mental and emotional processes.

  • j

  • Joss House*
    A Chinese Temple. Place of worship for Shenism.

  • l

  • Legislative Assembly
    (In Canada) An elected provincial legislature.

  • Lineage
    Lineal descent; ancestry.

  • Linguist
    A person skilled in languages or linguistics.

  • m

  • Magnetic video-tape
    Magnetic tape is a medium for magnetic recording, made of a thin, magnetizable coating on a long, narrow strip of plastic film. Devices that record and play back audio and video using magnetic tape are tape recorders and video tape recorders.

  • Midden
    Middens are evidence of ancient settlements. They reveal, layer upon layer, the discarded remains of activities that happened over hundreds or thousands of years.

  • Migration
    Move from one place to another, especially in a different country.

  • Mother Tongue*
    One's native language.

  • Muskox*
    A shaggy animal like an ox found in Greenland and northern North America.

  • o

  • Oral History*
    Teachings, Stories or Legends passed down by generations from Elders verbally to the tribe/group.

  • p

  • Peddler
    A travelling seller of small items, especially carried in a pack.

  • Persona
    An aspect of the personality as shown to or preceived by others.

  • Plant Taxonomy*
    The science of naming, describing and classifying organisms.

  • Prejudice
    A preconceived opinion. Disklike or distrust of a person, group, etc.

  • Preservation Manager*
    Preservation Managers work at museums and are responsible for keeping old, precious records like letters, journals, film and audio recordings safe to ensure we all can access those links to the past.

  • Preserve
    To keep safe or free from harm, decay, etc.

  • Primary Sources*
    An artifact, a document, diary, manuscript or any other source of information that was created at the time under study. Also called Original Source or Evidence).

  • Propaganda
    An organized program of publicity, selected information, etc., used to propagate a doctrine, practice, etc.

  • r

  • Racism
    A belief in the superiority of a particular race.

  • Reconciliation
    An act or instance of reconciling.

  • Reserve
    An area of land set aside for the use of a specific group of Aboriginal people.

  • Resilient
    Readily recovering from shock, depression, etc.

  • Revitalization
    An improvement to the condition or strength of something.

  • s

  • Segregation
    Enforced separation of radical groups in a community etc.

  • Sikh*
    A religion of India founded about 1500 by Guru Nānak.

  • t

  • Taxidermist
    The art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals in lifelike poses.

  • Transnational
    Expanding beyond national boundaries.

  • Truth and Reconciliation Comission*
    The Truth and Reconsiliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is a component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools (IRS). The Commission will document the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the IRS experience..

  • Tuberculosis
    An infectious disease characterized by tubercles, esp. in the lungs.

  • u

  • United Nations*
    The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. By enabling dialogue between its members, and by hosting negotiations, the Organization has become a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together.