Guided Tours

Our Local Organizing Committee has put together two museum tours and two walking tours for conference participants.

Museum of Vancouver: Haida Now Tour

Thursday, November 21, 2:00-3:30 PM, $20

The Museum of Vancouver, in partnership with Haida Gwaii Museum, presents a visual feast of innovation and tradition with Haida Now. Guest curated by Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in collaboration with Viviane Gosselin, Co-curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, this exhibition features an unparalleled collection of Haida art, showing more than 450 works. Local Haida artists shared their insights and knowledge about the art pieces, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience a powerful way to engage with the worldview and sensibility of the Haida people while gaining greater appreciation for the role museums can play in the reconciliation movement.

The tour will be led by Lia Hart, Haida intern at the Museum of Vancouver. Meet at the Museum of Vancouver at 2:00 PM. Tour cost includes admission to the museum, which is open until 8:00 PM on Thursday evenings.

The tour costs $20 (Canadian). To buy tickets, click here.

UBC Museum of Anthropology Tour

Friday, November 22, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, $25

The Museum of Anthropology is a world-renowned museum dedicated to world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations of British Columbia. We invite you to tour the Museum, guided by MOA curators. You will have the opportunity to engage with the permanent exhibits as well as with two temporary exhibits. Shake Up: Preserving What we Value explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with the rich Indigenous knowledge and oral history of the living cultures represented in MOA’s Northwest Coast collection. Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary. In this stunning group exhibition 11 BC-based artists have created a series of installations of extraordinary ceramic works that express opinions and offer commentary on the state of the world around us.

Meet at the Museum of Anthropology at 10:00 AM. Tour cost includes admission to the museum, which is open until 5:00 PM on Fridays.

The tour costs $25 (Canadian). To buy tickets, click here.

Forgotten Histories: Memorializing South Asian Canada Walking Tour

Saturday, November 23, 9:30-11:30 AM, $25

The history of South Asians in Canada is one of displacement at home and abroad. Lead by local sociologist Gagun S. Chhina of Langara College in Vancouver, this walking tour visits two sites near the conference centre that memorialize the complex diasporic histories of South Asian Canadians. The first site, in Coal Harbour, marks the 1914 racial exclusion of the emigrant South Asian passengers of the barred ship the Komagata Maru. The second site, in Stanley Park, commemorates the victims of Air India Flight 182 which was bombed in 1985 in relation to political exclusions of Punjabis in India. Dr. Chhina will speak from experience as a Punjabi and South Asian Canadian through the sharing of stories about these events and the South Asian experience in Vancouver.

Meet at the CASCA registration desk in the Convention Centre at 9:30 AM. Be prepared for walking, very possibly in the rain, along the seawall and through a park. Although the walk is mostly on the flat, it may involve stairs and inclines. Approximate distance, roundtrip: 6 km.

The tour costs $25 (Canadian). To buy tickets, click here.

Chinatown and Black Strathcona Walking Tour

Sunday, November 24, 9:00-11:30 AM, $30

Gentrification and housing displacement, so much in the news today, are not new to Vancouver’s racialized communities. This walking tour led by neighbourhood heritage activists and community development organizers takes us to the site of Hogan’s Alley, once the heart of Vancouver’s Black community, and then into Chinatown. In both neighbourhoods we learn about the long history of discriminatory civic planning practices and the work of residents, diasporic communities, and supporters to preserve and reclaim history. There are plenty of lunch options for you to extend your visit at the end of the tour.

Meet at the Main Street/Science World SkyTrain station, 9:00 AM. Dress for walking, and note that rain is likely.

The tour costs $30 (Canadian). To buy tickets, click here.

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