Surrey Archives – Unarchived Documentary

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Join Surrey Archives on February 8th for the film screening of Unarchived. The documentary highlights how the dominant power dictates what is recorded as history, omitting many other people and their stories from the official record.

Surrey Archives – Unarchived

  • Date: Thursday February 8, 2024 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams
  • Admission: Free. Register online or by phone at 604-501-5100

In the National Film Board of Canada documentary, co-directors Hayley Gray and Elad Tzadok highlight archives across British Columbia to reveal some of what has been erased. The documentary also focuses on local knowledge keepers who are creating a more inclusive history, including historians from the 2SLGBTQ+, South Asian and Indigenous communities.

After the screening, Surrey Archives staff will lead a discussion. They will also share how they are creating a more inclusive history locally with their own initiatives, namely the Amplifying Voices project.

Surrey Archives (located at Surrey Archives 17671 56 Ave) is doing their part to record an inclusive history with their Amplifying Voices Oral History Project, supported through the Heritage BC project funding. While efforts have been recently made to diversify the Surrey Archives’ collection, most of the Archives’ oral history recordings still document the experiences of heterosexual, cisgender European settlers and their descendants. Through this project, members of underrepresented and over-excluded communities in Surrey will have the opportunity to record their stories, specifically those identifying as IBPOC and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

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