Five Faces, Five Corners: The Social Experience of Chilliwack’s Downtown
May 16, 2019 – April 18, 2020This exhibition explores the evolving social landscape of Chilliwack’s Five Corners area. Located on Stó:lō First Nation’s S’ólh Téméxw (Our World), the exhibition will trace the downtown’s humble origins at Chilliwack Landing to the bustling center of Five Corners today.
From diner nooks to the hitching post, the exhibition will highlight the people and social spaces of Chilliwack’s downtown, highlighting the accomplishments of five individuals from Chilliwack’s past and present whose lives were and continue to be intimately intertwined with the history and development of Five Corners.
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), Qothyetel (Gary Williams), Tia Halstad, Ron Denman, Amber Price, Chris Gillespie, Jon Kinneman, Kyle Williams and Jeff Cuvilier.
T’xwelátsé: We Have to Learn to Live Together in a Good Way
“We have to learn together to live together in a good way” is a lesson that rings as true today as it did during the first contact between early European settlers and Aboriginal Peoples. The exhibit, based on the lesson by Stone T’xwelátsé: an ancestor of the Stó:lō, encourages visitors to imagine what the meeting of these two world viewpoints resulted in as thousands of newcomers gathered in the Chilliwack area during the 1858 gold rush.