Musqueam Indian Band, Museum of Anthropology (UBC), Museum of Vancouver, and University of Waterloo

Recipients of the 2015 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!

October 16, 2015
Canada's History speaks to recipients about their project multidisciplinary three museum project, which re-imagines Canada’s public spaces using Indigenous urban history.

Vancouver, British Columbia

This outstanding multidisciplinary three museum project re-imagines Canada’s public spaces.

Partnered with the Musqueam peoples, the project’s Indigenous urban history re-examines museum collections, and makes visible Vancouver’s historic and contemporary Indigenous cultural landscape.

Each partner delivered different aspects of one large story, using a wide-variety of exhibit techniques and innovative technologies, presenting historic and contemporary voices across the landscape of Vancouver.

Moving outside traditional museum walls, they even created a transit station module to reach thousands of commuters.

This outstanding respectful partnership combined reconciliation with a creative engagement of citizens about Indigenous urban identities in one of Canada’s largest cities.

Excellence in Museums

The Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! is administered by the Canadian Museums Association.

With the support of Ecclesiastical Insurance

Canada’s History Society and the Canadian Museums Association are able to administer the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums.