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In an effort to decolonize their exhibits, The Royal BC Museum (RBCM) will begin closing down its First Peoples and Becoming BC galleries.

The gallerieswhich focus on the European settlement of BCwill be closed in phases until its full shut down on January 2nd, 2022.

The phased closure gives visitors a chance to view the exhibits as they currently appear before they’re overhauled next year.

Many portions of the exhibits are “focused on promoting the story of the European settlement of BC,” the RBCM says.

Now, the goal is to diversify those third-floor galleries.

Minister Melanie Mark said the move is a mark towards truth and reconciliation.

“Our government’s commitment to truth and reconciliation demands that we diversify and decolonize the way we share the history of B.C.,” said Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, Hon. Melanie Mark.

RBCM’s CEO Daniel Muzyka said the move is long overdue.

“This is necessary to begin the long-term work of creating new narratives that include under-represented voices and reflect the lived experiences and contemporary stories of the people in BC,” Muzyka said.

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