Museum Events

Upcoming Events

8th Fire – A CBC documentary Community film screening

CBC Community Film Screening
8TH FIRE is a provocative journey through Aboriginal country showing you why we need to fix Canada’s 500 year old relationship with Indigenous peoples; a relationship mired in colonialism, conflict and denial.

Saturday, May 13, 1- 3 pm

EPISODE 1: Indigenous in the City

Meet the rich kaleidoscope of Aboriginal people who are fast joining the country’s urban middle class and bringing their culture with them.

EPISODE 2: It’s Time!

Memorable people and stories from across the country illustrate why there’s an economic, demographic, and moral imperative to fix Canada’s troubled 500 year relationship with Aboriginals.


Saturday, May 20, 1 – 3 pm

EPISODE 3: Whose Land Is It Anyway?

An evocative look at the role that land plays in the conflicted relationship with Aboriginal peoples and the rest of Canada.

EPISODE 4: At the Crossroads

How the Aboriginal community’s feisty and self confident youth; the “Seventh Generation” Who are taking new pride in their heritage and pointing the way forward to a new relationship.


Free, drop in @ Gabriola library

Sponsored by the gabriola historical & museum society


Museum Sponsored Talks

From Addiction-Fueled Con to Model citizen

John Howard Society to give presentation on Gabriola about new addiction treatment that is changing lives. by Ivan Bulic; submitted to the sounder March 16, 2017 Few communities in BC remain untouched by addiction problems. And while the opioid crisis makes the front...

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From Dunes to Palms – a West Africa Adventure

Gabriola’s favourite world travellers, Steve Struthers and Alison Douglas, have just returned from their latest adventure - a voyage that took them from the deserts of Mauritania to the equatorial jungles of Senegal. They will share a multi media presentation at 7 pm,...

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From Gabriola to the Bering Sea and Back

From Gabriola to the Bering Sea and Back as published in the Sounder, March 16, 2016 Only a handful of small-boat sailors have dared to venture “north of 60” into Alaska’s Bering Sea; one of the stormiest and most dangerous stretches of water on the planet. Gabriola...

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Davy the Punk

We hope you will be able to join us for our final event before the Museum closes its doors for 2015 :  a performance of “Davy the Punk”. Bob Bossin will be performing his one-man show, probably for the last time on Gabriola, on the evening of Saturday, October 10th,...

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From Gabriola to Flanders Fields

November, 2014 The community commemorates the centennial of the First World War. For a transcipt of the presentation, and more WWI archival photos in our past exhibit, see  From Gabriola to Flanders Field. November, 2014 The community commemorates the centennial of...

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First Nations Treaties and Gulf Island Development

“ First Nations are not opposed to development, they’re opposed to not being part of the discussion." That’s part of the message that Adam Olsen, a Tsartlip First Nations member, former municipal councilor delivered to the Gabriola Museum’s annual general meeting on...

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Petroglyph Tour

 Petroglyph tour February, 2012 The tour was led by Dr. E.C. Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA, and Ian C. McLennan, Consultant to Museums, Science Centres Planetariums, Digital Theatres, Theme attractions, and World Expositions, Vancouver,...

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The Way it Was

February 2012 Cecil Ashley presented vintage movies from the 1930s and 1940s depicting the logging, sawmilling, and fishing industries on the west coast of BC activities of the time. The movies were complemented by local artist Doug Harrison’s Working West Coast...

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Giving Peace a Chance

October, 2011 Long-time peace and social activists Susan Yates, Holda Pattern, Jean McLaren and Ted Wilson recounted the story of the Gabriola Island Peace Association.

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Flippers to Flukes

Information on Vancouver Aquarium’s BC Cetacean Sightings Network and the role that Gabriolans can play in reporting cetacean sightings. The speakers were Caitlin Birdsail and Heather Lord of Vancouver Aquarium. GROWLS co-sponsored the...

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Crossing the Waters

This was a multi-visual presentation on the history of ferry services to Gabriola Island with guest speaker Mark Stefanson, BC Ferries Vice-President of Public affairs.

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Joined Hands

Grand Opening of the Joined Hands exhibit presenting the history and legacy of Jane Degnan and Louisa Silva (note link).

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Museum Sponsored Fundraising

So you think you know Gabriola

Trivia Contest Spend an evening challenging your knowledge of Gabriola past and present. The evening promises to be lively and fun with MCs Gary McCollum and Danna Lewis. Prizes for winning teams (6 to a team) Desserts and Cash Bar Enjoy decadent desserts, tea and...

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Airfare for 2 and one week stay in Sicily

Lynn Dillon, of Nanaimo, is the happy winner of the Museum's 2015 raffle. Congratulations, Lynn! The draw was made by Lizhen Mao (a friendly bystander),  in front of a group of about 15 people at the Folk Life Village. The Museum thanks all the people that purchased...

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