Bill Reid Centre (BRC ) Display

Bill Reid Centre Display located at 10073 Saywell Hall. Photo courtesy Bryan Myles
Bill Reid Centre Display located at 10073 Saywell Hall. Photo courtesy Aynur Kadir
Bill Reid Centre Display located at 10073 Saywell Hall. Photo courtesy Aynur Kadir

Context: 

The purpose of the Bill Reid Centre (BRC) for Northwest Coast Studies is to (1) encourage community and academic conversations regarding the visual culture of Northwest Coast First Nations, and (2) promote public understanding and respect for Northwest Coast First Nations’ past and present.

In line with these objectives, the BRC Display is a public space where students, faculty, staff, and visitors to SFU can experience the continuation and progression of cultural practices that have endured for millennia. 

Exhibitions held in this space incorporate and compliment the collection of digitized historic and contemporary photographs that lie at the core of the BRC’s work. The vast majority of these visual resources were collected or produced at the height of the colonial era, and the original copies still reside in museums and archives throughout North America and Europe. These collections are often criticized for presenting a visual narrative of cultural loss, and disassociating contemporary First Nations people from their past. The exhibits hosted in this space are intended to provide a counter-narrative to these criticisms highlighting the resilience, creativity, vibrancy and vitality characteristic of Northwest Coast cultures.

Additional Information - Bill Reid Center Display

The Bill Reid Foundation and the Senate of Simon Fraser University jointly established the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies in 2005. In its formative years under founding Director, Dr. George F. MacDonald, the Centre shared space at the Bill Reid Gallery in downtown Vancouver. In June of 2014, the Bill Reid Centre moved to SFU’s Burnaby campus in order to be more accessible the SFU community. The Centre is a part of the Department of First Nations Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Links:
The Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies
http://www.sfu.ca/brc.html
Location:
Saywell Hall 10073