About 2020 Repatriation Grants

The 2020 Repatriation grants support First Nations and Indigenous communities to bring their ancestors and culture back home. 

Applications for the 2020 Repatriation Grants have closed and all available funding has been allocated. Learn more about the 2020 Repatriation Grant recipients.

We thank everyone who applied and we are honoured to support the work of repatriation in British Columbia. If you are looking for other sources of funding for repatriation activities, there are currently two federal funding programs that can support repatriation, we recommend you consider reviewing the following:


The B.C. government has provided $500,000 to the BC Museums Association to create grants to support Indigenous communities at different stages of the repatriation process. First Nation communities and organizations will be eligible for grants to support repatriation planning, building capacity to take on repatriation projects, and encouraging collaboration with cultural organizations.

Read the Grant Guidelines

Countless sacred items of cultural patrimony ­and ancestral remains, pillaged from burial sites and Indigenous communities, are in public and private collections across Canada and the world. The BC Museums Association is honoured to be able to contribute to the decades of work that BC First Nations have dedicated to bringing their ancestors and cultural property home. We thank the BC Government for their support of the 2020 Repatriation Grant and extend appreciation to the Royal BC Museum and the BCMA Indigenous Advisory Committee for their expertise, time, ideas, partnership, and guidance.

If you have questions or would like to be added to an email list for updates on the Repatriation Grants, please call us at 250.356.5700 or email us at bcma@museum.bc.ca


Dan Smith, former chair of the BCMA Indigenous Advisory Committee and member of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation in Campbell River -

“This funding allows museums, archives, and Indigenous peoples new opportunities to work together towards decolonization and realizing the goals set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. True, meaningful, and lasting reconciliation must include the return of Indigenous culture back to Indigenous communities.” 


Jodi Simkin, president of BC Museums Association -

“First Nations throughout British Columbia are eager to have their ancestors and related cultural patrimony repatriated. This funding demonstrates a commitment to helping achieve this important and essential step in the reconciliation process and the BCMA is proud to support this work.”


Download a copy of the June 20, 2020 news release

Download a copy of the September 8, 2020 new release

Download a copy of the May 17, 2021 news release


The BCMA would like to thank the B.C. government for their support of this program.