The Lheidli T'enneh First Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Exploration Place, the oldest museum in Prince George, that designates The Exploration Place as the official repository of Lheidli history. The memorandum underscores the Lheidli's ownership and autonomy over their own artifacts, and includes a component around the repatriation of stolen items.
The signing of the memorandum that formalized the agreement took place June 21, to coincide with National Aboriginal Day. A permanent exhibition will be opened at the museum documenting Lheidli history, called Hodul'eh-a (A Place of Learning). To celebrate, there will be a day of cultural entertainment featuring First Nations artists and performers.
"We've been working towards this for more than a decade," says Exploration Place CEO Tracy Calogheros.
For more information, see this article from The Prince George Citizen.