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Dispossession in British Columbia: field trip to Point Ellice House Museum

This unit combines a visit to the Point Ellice House Museum with the Peter O'Reilly Mapping Project website to explore Peter O'Reilly's first year of work as Indian Reserve Commissioner in 1881. The two essential questions of the unit are: How do heritage sites like Point Ellice House reveal the colonial legacies that are all around us, although are often hidden from view? What does Peter O'Reilly's job of establishing Indigenous reserves tell us about settler colonialism in British Columbia?