Current Exhibits

Our Living Languages
A Travelling Exhibition by the Royal British Columbia Museum
January 16, 2021 to May 24, 2021

The Our Living Languages travelling exhibition highlights what First Nations communities throughout the province are doing to help 34 different languages survive and flourish.

Through interactive stations, video and audio, Our Living Languages provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the history of disrupted languages in BC, the complexity of these languages, and the people–and entire communities–that are working tirelessly to document and revitalize them.

The Royal BC Museum is grateful for the ongoing sponsorship of Our Living Languages by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. We also acknowledge and thank the Government of Canada and Vancity for their support of the Our Living Languages travelling exhibition program. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grace au gouvernement du Canada.

The Chilliwack Museum & Archives would like to extend our gratitude to the following individuals and organizations for their collaboration and for sharing their time and stories with us to supplement the Our Living Language exhibition: Xwá:letelòt Willow Mussell, Amber Kostuchenko, Bonny Graham (b.wyse), Jamie Commodore, Julie Malloway, the Stó:lō Service Agency, the Stó:lō Shxwelí Halq’eméylem Language Program, and the Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre.

Contours: The Shape of Our City 
September 8, 2020 to April 24, 2021

Were you made to measure? Dive into the newest exhibition at the Chilliwack Museum and Archives and get up close and personal with Chilliwack’s surveying and mapping history. Contours: The Shape of Our City explores the impact maps and the processes associated with mapping had (and continue to have) on our daily lives living on and within S’ólh Téméxw (Our World).

Travelling from the field survey to the chart as the map is being drawn, the exhibition encourages visitors to reflect upon the use of maps as an influential and powerful tool with multiple uses – as a wayfinding device, a way to create and divide communities, share knowledge, and have fun.

The Chilliwack Museum and Archives would like to recognize the following people for their help in the development of the exhibition: Naxaxalhts’i (Sonny McHalsie), Dave Schaepe, Colin Green, Stephen Shurgold, Susan Haworth, Sean Moore, Robert Neels, Christina Reid, Lorisa Williams, Sharel Isabella, and the City of Chilliwack.

Project of Heart
Opening Monday, October 5, 2020

“Project of Heart” is an inquiry based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada.

The Chilliwack Museum is honoured to host the lightbox canoe, a legacy piece created by SD71 Indigenous Education Service and the Comox Art Gallery, in recognition of Project of Heart. The originating project, created in partnership with Derrick George, Una Ann Moyer, and the BCTF, will be on display concurrently at the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre.

A special thanks goes out to SD71 Indigenous Education Service for sharing this deeply meaningful piece, and to Rick Joe, for his tireless efforts to bring the Project of Heart to our Community.

For more information on Project of Heart please visit