our stories, our history

 

Learn about the history of the North Okanagan through stories of notable citizens, remarkable community groups, local businesses, sporting and cultural events, local traditions, and quirky news stories. We share some of the stories that create our shared history and make this place unique.

Below are some highlights from our latest posts on the GVMA Gazette, updated every 5-10 days with stories of all kinds.

 

 

 

 

STRENTH & RESILIENCE

June 11, 2021

Former Grand Chief and Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance Stewart Philip states that “we can celebrate the fact that the Indian residential school was a complete and dismal failure. We are still here. In fact, we are thriving. Our languages are coming back through our children. Our songs and customs are coming back through our youth. Our traditions are being openly shared by our Elders. Our women are providing the leadership to ensure everything is done in a good way.”

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DRINK UP TO THE END OF POLIO

June 7, 2021

Vernon’s COVID-19 vaccination program is well-underway, with more than half of North Okanagan adults having received their first dose.

Fifty-eight years ago, in 1963, the arrival of the Sabin oral polio vaccine in Vernon caused similar amounts of excitement among the city’s population.

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CULTIVATING SAFE SPACES

June 1, 2021

We’re honoured to be able to offer another Cultivating Safe Spaces Online Workshop, facilitated by ed by Elaine Alec, a Syilx and Secwepmec community planner, author, political advisor, women’s advocate and teacher.

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French Family Land

May 21, 2021

Near the entrance to the Vernon Recreation Centre, a humble plaque in the shade of a tall tree memorializes the 1891 residence of S.P. French.

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 BRIDE SHIPS

May 21, 2021

 

In September of 1862, the S.S. Tynemouth arrived in Victoria to the great excitement of the city’s mostly-male population; 60 young women between the ages of 14 and 20 were on board, having been brought over from England to a new life in Canada.

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CULTIVATING SAFE SPACES

May 18, 2021

We will begin Indigenous History Month in June 2021 by hosting a virtual workshop, Cultivating Safe Spaces, led by Elaine Alec, a Syilx and Secwepmec community planner, author, political advisor, women’s advocate and teacher.

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ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH: RECOGNITION, RESILIENCE, RESOLVE

May 17, 2021

May is Asian Heritage Month, and this year’s theme is “Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve.”

Vernon is home to hundreds of individuals of Pilipino, Vietnamese, Japanese, Pakistani, Chinese, and Korean descent. The city also has a large Indo Canadian population

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HONORARY granny to many 

May 10, 2021

It was once the largest independent bakery in the B.C. Interior. During its operation in Vernon, King’s Bakery produced well in excess of 1 million loaves of bread.

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KING’S BAKERY

April 30, 2021

It was once the largest independent bakery in the B.C. Interior. During its operation in Vernon, King’s Bakery produced well in excess of 1 million loaves of bread.

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VERNON THEN & NOW

April 26, 2021

As part of the GVMA Earth Day, Every Day focus on ecological change in the Okanagan, we’ve developed a short slideshow of photographs comparing archival photos around the Greater Vernon area, with photos from 2021.

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 NON-INDIGENOUS HUNTING IN THE OKANAGAN

April 26, 2021

 Vernon is described as “A Sportsman’s Paradise” in a promotional booklet from 1891. “Big game abounds in caribou, white and black-tailed deer, and on the higher mountains big horn sheep and goats,” the brochure continues. 

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FROM BUNCH GRASS TO GRAZELAND

April 9, 2021

Early cattle drives, and, later, the establishment of ranches, allowed the Okanagan to become a hub of economic activity. Despite this benefit, the arrival of large droves of cattle inevitably shaped the natural landscape in lasting ways. Read More…

 

MUSEUM BEGINS PROCESS OF RECONCILIATION

October 13, 2020

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives (GVMA) is honoured to host the Cultural Safety Program, facilitated by local Indigenous Elders. The program provides training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, and anti-racism for partners in arts, culture, and heritage in the North Okanagan as they share positive information about Syilx People and participate in a process of reconciliation and future collaboration. 

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WE RESPECTFULLY ACKNOWLEDGe

Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located on the Ancestral, Traditional and Unceded Territory of the Okanagan Nation and the Syilx People.