Annual Conference BCHF Conference Speakers Highlight Concepts of Memory, Remembrance and Reconciliation.

BCHF Conference Speakers Highlight Concepts of Memory, Remembrance and Reconciliation.

The 100th Anniversary year of the BC Historical Federation is a time for reflection, and the topic of this year’s conference —memory— provides BC’s historians a chance to do just that.

This year’s keynote presentation features Keith Thor Carlson, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous and Community-engaged History at the University of the Fraser Valley, who’s presentation History as a Tool for Reconciliation takes a look at settler colonial processes in BC, outlining the pre-conditions, as he sees them, for building reconciliation between Indigenous people and non-Indigenous Canadian society today.

Reflecting on the BC Historical Federation’s own past, independent historian Chad Reimer takes us to 1922 Victoria and the birth of the provincial historical society at that time known as the BC Historical Association with his talk The British Columbia Historical Federation at 100: Facing a Crossroads. What are the circumstances surrounding the establishment of the organization, and what does this history say about the province’s colonial past? In an era where we aim for truth and reconciliation, how do we grapple with the hard truths of the past? And, where do we go from here?

Social historian and curator, Tzu-I Chung presents A Tale of Two Families: British Columbia’s Intercultural Family Teachings, which looks at the resilience of two families who trace their roots back to the 1858 Gold Rush. This presentation will take a closer look at the lessons from these two BC families that sustained them through challenges in BC history. Their demonstrated strength is at the core of shared values for BC’s intercultural community lives.

Two presentations focus on objects from the past. Tom Bown’s presentation British Columbia History in Fragments: What Lies Beneath Our Feet explores the role that objects have in telling the history of marginalized populations in BC. The talk considers some of the challenges of historic archaeology collections, as well as considering how this resource is currently being managed in British Columbia. Curator Lorne Hammond’s presentation BC History, Objects, Collections and Change will show how an object’s meaning can completely change over the centuries, as our interpretations of BC history evolve.

Other presentations include:

  • Jordan Stanger-Ross with Mike Abe: A New Perspective on the Uprooting and Dispossession of Japanese Canadians
  • Nicole Kilburn, A photo taken, a memory preserved; the material act of remembering, in Victorian concepts of death and the modern classroom
  • Kelly Black, Access to Memory: Reflections on Government Support for Public History
  • Scott Scheffield, The Second World War in BC History and Public Memory
  • John Adams, 1922 Victoria
  • Old Cemeteries Society, Cemetery Tour

Visit our conference page to read more about the presentations and to register.

2022 conference is sponsored by the University of Victoria and Johnson Insurance.