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Family: Bonds and Belonging

June 2-October 30, 2017

This Royal BC Museum feature exhibition is an interactive exploration of the powerful bonds created by family and the sense of belonging that family can elicit. This provocative exhibition asks visitors if family is determined by blood or if it can be chosen.

Peering through the lens of First Nations and immigrant families in BC, the exhibition explores and challenges the very idea of "family" itself. The exhibition celebrates the ability of the family to incorporate difference. Difference is what unites us.

About the Exhibit

Walk into a living interactive photo album and discover the truths and secrets of some of the First Nation families, early settler families and immigrants from all over the world who began their families here.

See how traditions have changed and stayed the same. Explore stories from early and contemporary families, appreciate the traditions brought to BC by immigrant families and discover more about your own family.

The centre piece of the exhibition challenges visitors to ponder how families are the building blocks of province and nation and the ways BC families have helped shape Canada. As you leave the exhibition, add your own idea of family to the exhibition tree.

Share your family photos and stories using hashtag #RBCMFamily for your chance to be featured in the actual exhibit.