Friday, July 3, 2015

North Coast Historians off to Victoria for Provincial Heritage Fair

The Royal British Columbia Museum 
is the destination for a display of the work 
of four North Coast students 
as part of the 2015 BC Heritage Fair
Coming off their success at the Regional Heritage Fair of the spring, four North Coast students are in Victoria this weekend, taking part in a province wide celebration of history and heritage as part of the 2015 Provincial Heritage Fair.

The north coast group joins another sixty six student historians between the ages of ten to 16 that are taking part in events that started on Thursday and continue on through to the end of the Heritage Fair on Monday.

The four that are taking part in what should be a week to remember are: 11 year old Ryver Bryant, Sam Charlton age 10, 14  year old Cyrus Morrison and Madison Wakins age 10.

One of the marquee events of the gathering will be the display of their work at the Royal British Columbia Museum where the students will be in Clifford Carl Hall showcasing their work and answering questions from visitors to the museum during a three hour showcase from Noon to three on Sunday.

The North Coast student exhibits include:

Ryver Bryant -- The Annual All Native Basketball Tournament
Sam Charlton -- Nisgha Girl
Cyrus Morrison -- The Northwest Rebellion
Madison Watkins -- Fishing

The four found their way to Victoria after the recent Northwest Regional Heritage Fair which was .
held at the North Pacific Cannery Historical Site on May 1st

The North Pacific Cannery Historical Site
hosted the Northwest Regional Heritage
Fair held on May 1st
You can learn more about the BC Heritage Fair from this media release that celebrates the gathering of the historically minded students.

While they are in Victoria the North Coast students will be taking part in a number of activities and tours of the capital region, including stops at such well known attractions as the Ross Bay Cemetery, Government House, Chinatown, Fort Rodd and the Provincial Legislature to name a few.

They will also be involved in what should be an impressive opening ceremony in the Mungo Martin House the Kwakwaka'wakw big house that is found on the Museum grounds in downtown Victoria.

Beyond the success of our local students, the provincial Heritage Fair has one more connection to the North Coast. Michael Gurney who lives in Prince Rupert and works for the Prince Rupert Port Authority is the President of the BC Heritage Fairs Society and has been involved in the organization of this years celebration in Victoria

During his time on the North Coast Gurney has been dedicated towards raising awareness of history through a number of activities in the region.

Along with his many volunteer activities on the theme of history in the community, Mr. Gurney currently sits on the board of the Port Edward Historical Society which oversees the North Pacific Cannery Historical Site.

You can keep up to date on the Provincial Heritage Fair through the website and a blog dedicated to the event through the weekend.

Background on past events at both the North Pacific Cannery Historical Site and the Museum of Northern British Columbia can be found on our Tourism archive page.

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