Questions & Answers

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the BCHF council is taking the following measures in efforts to limit the spread of the virus and reduce risks to the public:

  • Council continues to meet by teleconference and will postpone in-person council meetings
  • Conference scheduled for early June 2020 in Surrey is cancelled
  • Historical writing, scholarship, legacy fund, and recognition awards will continue as scheduled and will be announced and presented virtually.
  • Alternate plans are being made to host a virtual Annual General Meeting this fall.
  • BCHF continues to monitor the situation and advises member societies to follow the advice of local health authorities.
  • BCHF is following their business continuity plan during the health crisis.

In light of the evolving public health situation, the British Columbia Historical Federation in consultation with the hosting organization —Surrey Historical Society— has decided out of an abundance of caution to cancel our June 5—7, 2020 conference in Surrey.

On March 16, 2020 the province of British Columbia banned all gatherings of 50 or more people for the immediate future. These measures teamed with the high risks to the public, volunteers and delegates has necessitated the cancellation.

BCHF council will focus on holding a virtual Annual General Meeting this fall.

If you have registered and have already paid for conference, full refunds will be issued.  

Member societies should take the advice of their local health authority and provincial and federal governments. This may involve postponing your AGM until a later date or holding a meeting by teleconference or webcast.

Virtual meetings or teleconferences are alternative options made possible by using online meeting options such as Zoom or JoinMe.  BCHF will work to provide resources for best practices when holding AGMs virtually.

Historical writing, scholarship, legacy fund, and recognition award judging process are in motion and will be announced in June. Alternate arrangements for award reveal and presentation will be made through regular communication streams (website, social media) and press releases will be issued.

Recipients will receive awards a time and place convenient to them later this year, or at subsequent conference. These presentations will be recorded and shared on BCHF’s website and on social media.

On March 12, 2020 Canada Post  issued a statement “When it comes to items in the mail, we can advise that the PHAC and the World Health Organization (WHO) continue to state that there is a very low risk regarding incoming mail items.” The Spring issue of British Columbia History is in the mail system.

We are monitoring the situation and any subscribers who would like to change their print subscription to a digital subscription for the Summer issue can do so by notifying before May 15, 2020.

For information about your travel insurance with Johnson Inc., including what is covered at this time, and how Johnson is responding to the COVID-19 situation, visit Johnson’s Important Notice on Travel Insurance & Coronavirus.

The most important thing is to stay safe and healthy and help others do the same. And checking in, staying active, and connecting with each other is an important part of wellness. Historical societies can help friends and members keep active and engaged through creating dialogue, reading, and engaging in online research related to history of British Columbia.

Looking for things to read during social distancing? You can access back issues of British Columbia History magazine from 1923—2015 online for free through the University of British Columbia (UBC) Library. Find archived publications of the British Columbia Historical Federation. Or, borrow more recent issues through your local library via tablet, smartphone or ereader.

Do you like to write or have a local BC story of historical interest to tell? Have you published a book on BC history recently?  BCHF posts short member submission news items and short articles about local history on our website. Contact with your stories.