Petition to Save the Third Floor of the Royal BC Museum

G Huxley

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Please sign the petition to save the Third Floor of the Royal BC Museum, which is under attack by the NDP government and related political forces more interested in hiding and eliminating history than in preserving it. The Third Floor, which for many constitutes the core of the museum, is scheduled to close on January 2nd and whole sections are planned to be removed and eliminated.

The petition is located here:
https://www.change.org/p/save-the-third-floor-of-the-royal-bc-museum

The planned closure has been announced in the Times Colonist:
https://www.timescolonist.com/local...remove-old-town-settler-displays-ship-4719972

The following is an excellent riposte written by an indigenous writer:

https://www.timescolonist.com/opini...ts-museums-discovery-or-old-town-gone-4731034

Please sign the petition and then forward this message and/or petition to as many people as you can think of.

P.S. Did you know that the museum was founded in 1886 as the result of a petition with only 30 signatures?

https://learning.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/pathways/the-royal-treatment/petition2/
 
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Nobody has any clear idea what the Royal B.C. Museum’s administration plans to do with the third floor. The statement from the museum’s acting CEO, Daniel Muzyka, was devoid of details and opened the door to troubling speculation.

The accompanying address by Melanie Mark, the minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, was equally empty. Both broadly spoke of “decolonization,” which is particularly unhelpful because that term can mean anything to anyone.

“Decolonization” can mean illegally ripping down statues in Victoria’s harbour or changing education to better reflect the history of B.C. In the case of the RBCM, they should take inspiration from the latter.

There is no question that the Becoming B.C. section of the third floor unacceptably lacks representation of any culture that is not British. The whole tale of B.C. cannot be fully told without more Asian, Black and Indigenous stories. Hopefully that is what will be addressed when the museum’s authorities renovate it.

It would be terrible if the recreations of the HMS Discovery and Old Town are removed forever in the name of reconciliation. They are irreplaceable and they’re great fun. I am Indigenous and their removal would not “reconcile” me to the museum at all.
 

G Huxley

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"The statement from the museum’s acting CEO, Daniel Muzyka, was devoid of details and opened the door to troubling speculation."

The poster in the RBCM with the quote signed by Daniel Muzyka that I put on the top of the petition says that visitors have until January 2 to see the First Peoples Gallery, visit Becoming BC and walk the Old Town for the last time. That is pretty clear in their intent as in the various statements from them on the subject.

The address by Mark was quite telling and may actually be quite the blunder. By saying that the public would effectively be ignored and the decolonization agenda on the third floor will continue unabated actually shows that it is the politicians pulling the shots and not the museum administration, which negates any independence of the organization, in lieu of political orders from the top, which is not surprising as the heads of the Provincial NDP have been saying for months that they are going to clean house at the museum:

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/...ations-of-racism-at-royal-bc-museum-1.5303983
https://www.timescolonist.com/local...-fix-toxic-culture-at-royal-bc-museum-4687487
 
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