The Nisga’a Museum in the Nass Valley has received a $45,000 grant from the federal government as part of their museum assistance program.
The Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez announced on Aug. 28 that a total of $738,108 will be invested into museums, heritage institutions, cultural centres and First Nations throughout B.C to preserve, promote and celebrate Indigenous heritage.
The Nisga’a Museum was given the grant in relation to their project Healing Ways: Nisga’a Wild Medicine as part of the Aboriginal Heritage component.
“As our government has affirmed time and again, no relationship is more important to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. Our commitment to this relationship is all-encompassing and includes promoting, safeguarding and celebrating the history, art, traditions and cultures of Indigenous Peoples in meaningful and accessible ways,” Rodriguez is quoted in the press release.
“Through museums, exhibits and cultural experiences across British Columbia, we will help communities tell stories, both old and new, that help honour and share Indigenous culture and tradition.”
The Nisga’a Museum is a key stop in the “auto tour route” for tourists in the Nass Valley, which the Nisga’a Nation tourism board has developed in their multi-year plan to attract more visitors to their region.
The biggest grants were given to the Royal British Columbia Museum, who received $160,925 for their Our Living Languages Travelling Exhibition, and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia with $147,270 for their Indigenous Internship Pilot Project.
The Heiltsuk Tribal Council in Bella Bella received $40,000 for the Simpcw Exihibt at Valemount Museum.
Other categories for the grant include Access to Heritage, Collections Management and the Exhibition Circulation Fund. A total of 13 organizations were awarded.