Chief Mathias Joe (1887-1966) was the first carver to create a large scale Coast Salish totem pole when he carved the Thunderbird Dynasty Pole in 1936, for Prospect Point in Stanley Park to celebrate Vancouver’s Golden Jubilee.

In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we honour the courage and resilience of Indigenous people in British Columbia by highlighting their struggles for rights and lands. We likewise honour their resistance to the racist prohibitions of the Indian Act.

June is National Indigenous History Month and in keeping with our ongoing commitment to meaningfully respond to the calls to action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we wanted to share a number of important new acquisitions to the museum collection.