About the Indigenous Research Fund
To support access to the collections of the BC Archives for Indigenous peoples, the Friends of the British Columbia Archives (FBCA) has established the Indigenous Research Fund (IRF). The IRF is funded by the FBCA with support from the Royal BC Museum & Archives. The IRF is open to any individuals (youth, student, adult, elder) who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) and organizations with a mandate to serve the interests of Indigenous peoples.
The fund may be used for any/all of the following purposes:
- Travel to the BC Archives (including accommodation/meals)
- Hiring a researcher for work done at the BC Archives
- Other costs associated with work done at the BC Archives as identified by the applicant
This fund is open only to Indigenous applicants/organizations. Up to $1,000 is available. Applications for 2022 will be accepted between 1 November 2021 and 31 January 2022; funding awarded in the spring of 2022.
Applications to the fund are accepted until there are no remaining funds for the year. We will do our best to assess applications in a timely manner. Please check this site for regular updates regarding the status of the fund. Applications should be submitted to Info@FriendsBCArchives.ca in either PDF or .doc format.
Individual applicants are encouraged to self identify and provide a short description (500 words) that describes their involvement and contributions to an Indigenous community/communities.
Organizations are asked to provide an overview of their mandate as it pertains to the interests of Indigenous peoples. Organizations are asked to provide a short description (500 words) that generally describes their involvement and contributions to an Indigenous community/communities.
Adjudication information can be found in the application form below. Successful applicants are asked to submit a brief report to the FBCA outlining in general terms the work that the fund facilitated.
You can download the 2021 application form below (link to PDF).
- Kwantlen Lands, Resources and Stewardship Ltd. (Kwantlen First Nation): This project will send a community member to the Royal BC Museum and BC Archives to conduct research in support of repatriation efforts. This research will help determine where Kwantlen ancestral remains, cultural items, documents, and archaeological artefacts are being held. This project will begin once the public health situation allows. Information gathered will be shared with community members via virtual meetings and electronic correspondences.
- Gabriola Island Sacred Sites Research (Steven Davies and Geraldine Manson): The Gabriola Island Sacred Sites Project will investigate BC Archives records related to Snuneymuxw sacred sites and villages on what is now known as Gabriola Island. These sacred areas have immense cultural and spiritual significance to Snuneymuxw. Working with Snuneymuxw Elder and cultural mentor C-tasi:a (Geraldine Manson) this historical research will assist repatriation, reconciliation, and cultural revitalization efforts in the community.
- Upper Similkameen Indian Band: This project from the Upper Similkameen Indian Band (USIB) will photograph and document a selection of artifacts from the Similkameen Valley held by the RBCM&A. The project will benefit community members by providing access to those who are not able to travel to Victoria. The project will also include a review of related documents to provide community members with information related to the artifact collections. This information will benefit USIB community members by being made available through the USIB library and archives for future research purposes.
- Jenn Ashton: A writer and artist living in North Vancouver, Jenn is a descendent of one of the X̱wáýxway/Stanley Park families and she will use the funds to support research at the BC Archives for a non-fiction book that looks at her ancestors, the origins of the City of Vancouver, and the City’s impact on First Nations families.
- Indigenous Perspectives Society (Vancouver): IPS will support one researcher from the society to attend the archives for four days to gather resources that contribute to learning about the history of Indigenous people in BC. The research will be used to support and enhance the society’s Cultural Perspectives Training and the Aboriginal Social Worker training.
- Moccasin Footprint Society (Williams Lake): The grant will be used to explore documents in the archives relating the history of the Fraser River. This research is part of a film project that will document the differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous uses of the river and take note of the health of the Fraser River today.