About Us

The BC Museums Association is proud to receive guidance and support from the BCMA Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Established in 2017, the BCMA’s Indigenous Advisory Committee exists to acknowledge injustices between museums and Indigenous communities and to actively work together to build stronger relationships and partnerships and to decolonize museological practices.

The BCMA Indigenous Advisory Committee is comprised of leaders from BC’s First Nations and from museums that have shown excellence and innovation in working with Indigenous communities. The Committee meets quarterly.

The Indigenous Advisory Committee is a stand-alone committee with a role to champion the Rod Naknakim Declaration. The Committee also provides guidance and insight BCMA Council and staff. Of particular importance is the Committee’s role in identifying and building relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders to facilitate reconciliation opportunities.

Indigenous Advisory Committee Members:
Jordan Coble (c̓ris)

Councillor, Westbank First Nation 

Indigenous Advisory Committee Chair

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Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George

Artist, Cultural Consultant, and Hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation.

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Sdaahl Ḵ’awaas Lucy Bell

Repatriation Specialist

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Jonathon Forbes

Partnerships Manager, Animikii

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Jodi Simkin

BCMA Past President and Director, All Nations Paddles Up

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Ray Harris

Member of the Chemainus First Nation

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Joshua Seymour

Councillor, Lheidli t'enneh 

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Drew Blaney

Cultural Activities and Information Manager, Tla’amin Nation

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Samaya Jardey

Director, Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nitm ta Snew̓iyálh Language & Cultural Affairs, Squamish Nation

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Sharon M. Fortney

Curator of Indigenous Collections and Engagement, Museum of Vancouver

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Damara Jacobs-Petersen

Curator of Indigenous Programming, Museum of Anthropology

Jasmine Wilson

Indigenous Programs and Community Engagement Coordinator, Museum of Vancouver.