Via CBC, June 13, 2021
“Museums in B.C. are taking steps to address their problematic history with Indigenous people and improve the way they share stories and build relationships with the communities from which their collections — often stolen — come from.
Sue Rowley, curator at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, said the first step in reconciliation for museums is to acknowledge their past.
“We are colonial institutions,” Rowley told On the Coast host Gloria Macarenko. “That’s our history. That’s where we’ve come from.”
Far from being “neutral storehouses of artifacts,” museums initially served to support the colonial narrative, said Jillian Povarchook, acting curator at the Museum of Vancouver.
“Museums as we know them today really started as colonial collecting institutions that were really used to legitimate social, cultural and political power structures,” she said.”