Premier Christy Clark’s announcement that the province will be pushing for the repatriation of Aboriginal artifacts and items isn’t sitting well with everybody.
Nika Collison is the curator of the Haida Gwaii Museum, she says the museum has been working to repatriate Haida items for 40 years.
She says the museum has also brought home the remains of over 500 Haida ancestors.
While Collison welcomes any efforts to help repatriate items, she says the announcement came without any prior consultation, and may risk established relationships cultivated over decades.
But she says they were able to quickly contact museums in the US and explain they weren’t involved in the surprise announcement.
Collison also questions the timing of the announcement, noting the provincial election is coming soon, and that the premier may be using the announcement to boost her popularity among First Nations voters.
That she says, leaves her feeling used.
She adds since the announcement, no one from the province has been in contact with her.
Collison does say some groups could benefit from this announcement, and that her museum is ready and willing to help the province or other First Nations pursue repatriation of their artifacts.