A Brilliant Exhibit in Honour of Reconciliation

A Brilliant Exhibit in Honour of Reconciliation

November 29, 2019 2 By April Anderson

The MIR Centre for Peace, in Castlegar, nominated our exhibit, the 2009+ Sinixt/Doukhobor Reconciliation Project, for the BC Museum Association Award of Merit for Excellence in Collections this past fall.  The Boundary Museum Society is honoured for this nomination and more importantly grateful for the collaboration of our brilliant prior-staff and community volunteers that made this exhibit so notable.

An aboriginal blessing from the Sinixt people and a heart-felt apology from the Doukhobors completed a reconciliation that’s story began a hundred years earlier.  This interactive “Living Memory” exhibit explores the impact of this 2009 meeting, the history, memories and the unveiling of the stone plaque in Brilliant, B.C.

Lawney Reyes (Grandson of Alex Christian) & J.J. Verigin, Unveiling of the stone plaque in 2009

Our past employee, Joan Heart accomplished remarkable work coordinating this project, researching, writing and bringing her connections within the aboriginal community together. Past manager, Shannon Profili, was the backbone to the project caring for the administrative responsibilities including assisting Joan with the BC Lotteries Multiculturalism Grant application, road trips and the beautiful photo of the stone plaque that is part of our exhibit. Bronwen Bird was our gifted video editor who managed to edit down many hours of recordings to highlight the recorded memories and gatherings. Our student assistants at the time, Kalayna Tubrett and Vanessa Pavan, helped take care of details surrounding the events.

The Boundary Museum Society’s very own director, Joe Tatangelo volunteered for the voice-over elements in the videos. Technical support to help create a solid interactive platform was provided by Les Johnson, our avid volunteer tech and history supporter.

“KP’ITL’ELS  – History can be rough terrain, and it is difficult to go through alone.” 

Marilyn James
Marilyn James and J.J. Verigin, 2009

Thanks to each and everyone of our staff and local volunteers for your assistance in delivering an exhibit to be proud of.  We will be adding some exhibit highlights on our website soon so please check back. Please come and visit us at the Boundary Museum & Interpretive Centre to experience this interactive exhibit first-hand.

Stone Plaque at Brilliant, BC (photo by Shannon Profili)