“Documenting Haida Now @ MOV”

Acutely aware of the role public institutions have played in upholding colonial power and of colonialism’s devastating impact on First Nations, the Museum of Vancouver, alongside other museums across the country, is invested in repairing and renewing relationships with First Nations. This means revisiting how we collect, let go, interpret and display collections of Indigenous belongings. It means treasuring relationships with individuals and communities over objects.

A collaboration with the School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University helped the museum document the building of new relationships between members of the Haida community and MOV. Students produced a series of short documentaries for inclusion in the exhibition. They largely feature visits by Haida artists, performers and scholars at the museum where they met the curatorial team and reconnected with the collection of Haida works. A few other interviews speak to the long-lasting relationship between the Haida, the local host nations and the city.

--Viviane Gosselin, Director of Collections and Exhibition at MOV