Repatriation in Two Acts: The Museum of Vancouver

  • Bruce Granville Miller UBC


This paper examines the repatriation practices of the Museum of Vancouver from the vantage point of a board member, arguing that this has occured in phases. A second phase has been complicated by the introduction of the concept of museums as holders of world patrimony and this is contrasted with a different stance, informed by an ethical relationships with Indigenous peoples. Museums are described as complicit in the period of colonization and specific examples of repatriation are provided.

Author Biography

Bruce Granville Miller, UBC
Professor of Anthropology, UBC