Family: Bonds and Belonging Asks “What is a Family?”
History happens around us all the time, and it's expressed in many different ways. One of the key elements of the feature exhibition Family: Bonds and Belonging (2017) is a very contemporary issue: Victoria’s Tent City. From This Week in History Season 6 Episode 6.
Shayli talks about the impact of residential schools on her family. This video was created for the Royal BC Museum 2017 Family: Bonds and Belonging exhibition.Credit: RBCM
The work of the Royal BC Museum helps to make family connections and history come alive. An archival photograph of First Nations dancers from the 19th century reveals a connection to the Tahltan diving raven tunic, which was on display in the Family: Bonds and Belonging exhibition. From This Week in History Season 6 Episode 2.Credit: RBCM
In 1924 the Royal BC Museum received a donation of carved masks with a fascinating story of family lost and rediscovered. The collection, which was featured in the Family: Bonds and Belonging exhibition, was donated by Owechemis (Mrs. Kitty White), who originally came from a Nuu-chah-nulth community north of Nootka Sound. From This Week in History Season 5 Episode 26.Credit: RBCM
Of Mines and Men
Of Mines and Men [excerpt], 1945–1948. This film was created by the BC Government Travel Bureau Photographic Branch and was used to attract employees and their families to the mining industry. The film emphasizes the comfort of miners and their families at mining camps. Credit: BCA AAAA2457
Vancouver Island Home Industry
Back to Back: A Vancouver Island Home Industry [excerpt], 1932-1933.
This documentary film was created by the BC Forest Service to showcase Vancouver Island home industries. The film illustrates how the famous Cowichan sweaters are made by women on the Koksilah Reserve in Duncan, BC. Knitter Mary Ann Modeste is featured.
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Fairbridge Farm School
Fairbridge Farm School scenes [excerpt], ca. 1936-1940
Between 1935 and 1951 more than 300 children from England arrived at the Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School at Cowichan Station on Vancouver Island, BC. Many were orphans; others were voluntarily sent by their parents who believed they were sending them to a better life.
The Fairbridge Farm was established with the intention of helping these children grow up in a healthy environment and giving them the opportunity to learn useful skills so they could create better lives for themselves. In this film, you‘ll see how the boys were taught a variety of farming skills while the girls were taught domestic skills. The film also shows the children dressed up for a Guy Fawkes’ Day parade.
More recently Fairbridge Farm has been in the news because of public hearings held in the United Kingdom about allegations of abuse of some of the thousands of children—some taken without parental consent—sent to these farms and schools.
Watch this excerpt of a film taken by Nurse Harriet Gerry, who worked for the federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. The amateur footage of First Nations communities includes scenes of children at play and a family arriving home with a new baby in around 1941. Credit: BCA AAAA0545