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Burnaby museum’s local Indigenous history guide wins national award – Burnaby Now

August 6, 2020

A Burnaby Village Museum project aimed at undoing the erasure of local Indigenous history has earned a national museum award.

The Indigenous History in Burnaby Resource Guide is a 27-page historical overview of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh history in the city from the time of the ancestors to the present day.

Three years in the making, it was developed in partnership with the Kwantlen, Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh and xʷməθkʷəyə̓m (Musqueam) First Nations.

Challenging the idea that Burnaby was an “empty wilderness” developed by European settlers, the guide describes a host of activities hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-speaking people undertook on the land before contact.

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