May 25 – 28, 2017  |   Land, Water, People  |  Chilliwack, B.C.

BCHD Conference 2017 Chilliwack

Conference Lectures

Friday, May 26

8:30 am Opening Keynote – Dr. Gwen Point, Chancellor, University of the Fraser Valley

Let’se Mót Let’se Thale Sqwalawel – One mind, One heart with Good feelings.

Our history shaped who we are today and today we have an opportunity to create a future that honours and respects all cultures. We cannot change what we do not acknowledge and one of the first steps is sharing the recent colonial history that has marginalized and crippled First Nations. The act of reconciliation begins by sharing the recent history of those who were wronged whether it was by the anti-potlatch laws that were imposed or the residential schools era.

Nelson Mandela’s shared in his presidential acceptance speech, “The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.”

Concurrent Morning Lectures 9:30 am – 10:20 am

1. Preserving Material Culture

Tristan Evans, Archivist at the Chilliwack Museum and Archives and the Curator of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives will showcase best practices for the preservation of materials often found in the collection of Museum and Archives

2. A Week You’ll Remember a Lifetime: Remembering the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

Jason Beck, Curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame speaks of the British and Empire Commonwealth Games and the use of the Vedder Canal for the Rowing Races.

3. Modern Treaties and Reconciliation in Canada

The BC Treaty Commission (BCTC) is the independent body responsible for facilitating treaty negotiations between First Nations in BC and the governments of Canada and British Columbia.

What is BCTC’s mandate? How does it facilitate reconciliation? How many treaties have been negotiated and how many First Nations are in treaty negotiations? These questions get at the heart of the BC treaty negotiations process. Join Mark Smith, BCTC’s director of process, as he explains the work of the Treaty Commission and its role in building reconciliation in Canada.

Concurrent Morning Lectures 11:00 am – 11:50 am

1. Canadian Sites of Decolonization: The Sikh Heritage Museum and National Historic Site of Canada

This presentation will explore the oldest still standing Sikh Gurdwara (temple) in the Americas (est.1911) as a site of decolonization and a physical space that protests the marginalization of Sikhs in Canada.

2. Flood Management in the Lower Fraser Valley

Jane Watt, historian and Neil Peters, just retired Inspector of Dikes for BC will take you through the timely history of high water in the Fraser Valley.

Saturday May 27

Concurrent Morning Lectures 8:30 am – 9:20 am

1. Finding Chilliwack’s Fallen

Join Paul Ferguson, Associate Registrar at the Royal BC Museum, as he explores the lives of those lost during the Great War and the Second World War from Chilliwack. This presentation in based on the many years of research conducted by Paul Ferguson as Curator of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives.

2.Two Words: “Steady Job!”’: A Century of Work in the Marine Operations of the Department of Public Works on the Fraser River

Fraser River Paddlewheel ship engineer and tour guide Mark Mackenzie takes us back in time as he presents on the federal Department of Public Works’ efforts in the maintenance of the Fraser River in navigation. The presentation consists of a concise summary of the DPW activities from the 1880s to the early 1980s with an emphasis on the upper part of the Fraser (Mission to Harrison/Port Douglas).

3. Bridging the Historical Gap: Student Academic Research, Public History, and the Digital Future in the Fraser Valley

The History department at the University of the Fraser Valley have developed a course, History 440: Local History for the Web, to address three important historical concerns: the teaching of local history, the application of academic history to the Web, and instruction of practical hands-on historical research methods to senior students in the history program. Each one of these issues presents a gap that needs to be bridged and History 440, with the assistance of regional archives and public history partners, was conceived as a solution. Associate Professors Scott Sheffield and Robin Anderson will speak about the promises and outcomes of this innovative course and about some of the hurdles they have encountered in marrying the goals, methods, and conventions of academic history with the interests and needs of public history.