Student Research

Voices of the Valley: First Nations Artifact Collections

This resource was created for The Reach, in support of the of the Voices of the Valley exhibition by UBC Master of Archival Studies; Master of Library and Information Studies students Allison Comrie, Sara Ellis, and Monique Grenier.

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The primary goal of the practicum was to provide the opportunity for the creators to develop skills related to the development and management of digital collections of images and text.  The outcome is a portal through which the community can access the richness of information connected to The Reach and Heritage Abbotsford collections related to First Nations culture.

The City of Abbotsford is located on traditional and unceded territory of the Stó:lō people who have occupied this area for more than 10,000 years. The Reach welcomes the opportunity to present an entry point to the understanding of Stó:lō history and culture.

The Reach thanks Allison, Sara and Monique; UBC – Master of Archival Studies; Master of Library and Information Studies; instructor, Richard Arias-Hernandez and Heritage Abbotsford for their role in making this web portal possible.

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People of the Valley 

Abbotsford has long welcomed individuals from around the world who search for a better life. It is a multi-cultural community consisting of a colourful tapestry of ethnicity and language. This diversity has existed for generations and continues to contribute to the rich economic and social fabric of the region.

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Special thanks to:
The University of the Fraser Valley
Diane Grant, UFV History 401 student for her assistance in researching and preparing People of the
Valley: Mennonite and Japanese content
Jean and Walter Kamimura, for sharing their family stories and memories of the painful events of WWII

Historic Downtown Abbotsford Walking Tour

The historic downtown Abbotsford Walking Tour, created by WA Fraser Middle School students in 2010, leads you through a tour of 31 heritage sites in the village of Abbotsford. Site listings include historic photos and histories that will transport you to the time when the village was the place to stop, shop and catch up with neighbours. Available at The Reach for $5.

History Minutes 

In 2013 , students from Abbotsford used the The Reach archives to research, script and  perform six one-minute vignettes based on the popular Historica Heritage Minutes.

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Funding for this program was provided by the Abbotsford Rotary Club.