Alert Bay

  • Alert Bay
  • British Columbia

When we arrived in Alert Bay, we headed to the U’Mista Cultural Centre. This centre has a compelling history. In 1921, under the potlatch ban, the police seized regalia from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. Most of this regalia has now been returned to the people and is on dispaly at the centre. While we were at the centre, we also learned about the history of the residential school in Alert Bay. This school had a devastating impact on First Nations people while it was open from 1929 to 1975. The community tore it down in 2015. This learning left us emotional and reflecting on what we can do as individuals to ensure that this tragic period in Canada’s history is never repeated. We are so grateful to the community of Alert Bay for welcoming us and sharing their history and some delicious bannock and soup!