In a private ceremony on Nov. 21, 2019, the City of White Rock and the White Rock Museum and Archives apologized to the Semiahmoo First Nation for an incident that took place in the 1990s.
The Semiahmoo First Nation and the White Rock Museum and Archives made an agreement in the 1970s that the Museum would manage the Semiahmoo artifacts from St. Anne’s Church. The artifacts were displayed for a number of years and then put into storage. It was discovered in the 1990s that the larger pieces, stored at Centennial Arena, were missing and could not be located.
Facts about the City of White Rock and Semiahmoo First Nation
White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker
“The City of White Rock and the White Rock Museum and Archives have apologized to the people of the Semiahmoo First Nation for an incident that took place in the 1990s. We shared our heartfelt regret in a ceremony that honours the traditions of the Semiahmoo First Nation.We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the Semiahmoo First Nation, rebuilding our relationship and developing a deep and lasting trust.”
Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell
“We, as Semiahmoo leadership, are very pleased to begin a positive process solidified in ceremony and facilitated by the City of White Rock and the White Rock Museum and Archives.
Our ceremonies are the foundation to reconciling unfortunate, historic wrongs. The Semiahmoo people are invested in, and excited about, a renewed relationship both with the City of White Rock and with the White Rock Museum and Archives.”
Karin Bjerke-Lisle, Executive Director,White Rock Museum and Archives“We cannot replace the artifacts that have been lost, but we can treasure and protect the Semiahmoo First Nation artifacts in our care. We can also ensure that we share the rich and vibrant history of the Semiahmoo First Nation with the people who live in White Rock and our many visitors through exhibits at the White Rock Museum and Archives.”