Family Bonds & Belonging

What is family, anyway? Can you pick your family or is it determined by biology? Is family the people you share holidays with? Or, is it more of a feeling?

Family Bonds and Belonging honours and interprets the many ideas of family. Through four themes --belonging, growth and change, gatherings and generations -- the exhibition celebrates Canadian identity by exploring families and family history, linking past to present and province to nation.

Connect with stories from early and contemporary families. Explore the traditions of those who came as immigrants and those who have always been here. Reminisce about your own family’s uniqueness and explore the joy and complexities of bonds and belonging.

Family: It’s NOT all relative.

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This exhibition was originally produced by the Royal BC Museum and has been adapted by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

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