Social Justice

Truth & Reconciliation

Decolonization work at NMAG is informed by the TRC Calls to Action, UNDRIP, the First Nations Principles of OCAP, and the BC Museums Association Repatriation Call to Action. Read on for details of how we are doing this work in collaboration with the Nations of this unceded territory.

The Nelson Museum is honoured to host one of two permanent installations of Jaime Black’s The REDress Project in the museum exhibit.

Red Ribbon Round It, an interventionist exhibition created by Social Justice Coordinator Lesley Garlow in 2021, has been reimagined into a permanent virtual tour of the museum exhibit. Explore how the Indian Act has impacted Indigenous lives – past, present, and future.

Kootenay Pride

We support and celebrate the history of Nelson’s LGBTQ2S+ community, and continue to create a space where everyone in our community feels safe, welcomed, and included.

In 2021, the Museum presented Kootenay Pride: We Love a Parade!, a community exhibition that looked back on the history of the LGBTQ2S+ community in Nelson. The documentary Queering the Interior was produced for the exhibition, with the tremendous support of director Amy Bohigian and Watershed Productions.


The Museum is nearing completion of the We Love A Parade! permanent display, featuring a concentrated version of the timeline that appeared in the original exhibition. We will be launching this new space in April 2024!

Little Library

Children are open-minded, creative individuals who want to see the possibilities for their lives and the lives around them reflected in their games, books and stories. Reading beautiful books about a life like or unlike their own creates opportunity for positive growth and reflection.

The Little Library, located in the Gallery A reading nook, features a collection of rotating children’s books about social justice, often tied into the theme of the current exhibitions.

During the Covid-19 pandemic we partnered with Flamingo Rampant and members of the local LGBTQ2S+ community for Storytime in the Little Library, a virtual read-along program.


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