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Upcoming Events

Place and Self-Governance – the Enactment of Autonomy on Gabriola Island

Thursday, March 21, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roxy Lounge, Twin Beaches

Islands in the Salish Sea experience a unique set of vulnerabilities – the need to protect rare ecosystems and rural communities located in the midst of a densely populated, highly industrialized region — over which they appear to have little or no control. On Gabriola Island, the intersection of place, people and a lean formal governance structure provides a testing ground for enacting a range of governance modalities.

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Gabriola Historical and Museum Society Annual General Meeting

Sunday, March 31, 2019

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre

Guest Speaker: Lucy Bell
The Importance of Small Museums for Truth & Reconciliation

Lucy Bell of the Haida Nation (and Head of the Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Department at the Royal BC Museum) will speak about her first-hand experience in museums and give advice on the small but impactful ways small museums can improve their relationships with Indigenous peoples and show their genuine commitment to the calls to the TRC.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend.

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Museum Hours

CLOSED January to May

May 20th-Sept 1st

10-3 | Tues-Sat
12-5 | Sundays
12-5 | Holiday Mondays

Sept 1st-Oct 7th

10-3 | Wed-Sat
12-5 | Sundays

Closed Mon-Tue

Remembrance Day:

11-2 | Open

December weekends:

10-3 | Gift Shop open

Outdoor Exhibits and Native Plant Garden are OPEN all year.

Silva Bay Shipyard Plaque Unveiling Ceremony –

June 26, 12 noon at the Shipyard entrance.

Gloria Filax, GHMA Vice President

I would first like to acknowledge that we are standing on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish, the Snuneymuxw Nation.
My name is Gloria Filax and I am Vice President of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society.  We gather today to celebrate the 73 year history of what is now the last remaining shipyard in the Gulf Islands – Silva Bay Shipyard.  The current owners of the shipyard, Don and Vicky Mayrend, and past owners are to be lauded for carrying on a tradition of ship-building when so many other ship building enterprises on the Gulf Islands have drifted into the past.
This historic marker is the first in a new series of six plaques that highlight some of the major historic sites on Gabriola.  The rest of the series will be unveiled this summer and fall.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous funders:  the Canadian Federal government program ‘Canada150’ and the Province of British Columbia.
On behalf of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society I would also like to thank Ivan Bulic for his ongoing volunteer work to make these plaques happen, and the museum’s History and Presentation Committee, especially Janet Stobbs, for its commitment to preserving the history of this place we call Gabriola Island.  And thank you to all who have attended this unveiling.”