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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

"The River People and the Land: Living within S’ólh Téméxw" Exhibit Launch


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Trethewey House Heritage Site Gallery

2313 Ware Street

Abbotsford, BC

Directions: Parking is available off of Alta Avenue.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Following the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, you are invited to join us for the launch of our exhibit "The River People and the Land: Living within S’ólh Téméxw". The launch will take place on October 1st from 4 to 6 PM in the Heritage Gallery at 2313 Ware Street.

About the Exhibit

The Stó:lō people live along the Fraser River and have a rich history with the land. "The River People and the Land: Living within S’ólh Téméxw" exhibit showcases the relationship between people, the land, and what is essential for the survival of human beings. But what would you do without your land, your home?

"The River People and the Land: Living within S’ólh Téméxw" exhibit discusses how the Stó:lō have been impacted by European colonization. The loss of land by way of the reservation system has negatively impacted the Stó:lō. Within this exhibit, contemporary Stó:lō members are looking to move forward and reclaim what is rightfully theirs. The Matsqui (Máthekwi) people are ready to reclaim their history; they are reclaiming their rights to their land and their resources.

This exhibit is a partnership between Heritage Abbotsford Society, Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre, and the Matsqui First Nation.

COVID-19 Information (

We require visitors to observe the following:

- Masks are required.

- For the safety of our staff and the general public we request that our visitors be fully vaccinated before visiting.

- Practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene.

- If you or any of your household are sick, please stay home.



Heritage Abbotsford Society

The mission of the Heritage Abbotsford Society is to collect, record, preserve and share the stories of Abbotsford. Stewarding a collection of approximately 8,000 belongings which are actively displayed in Trethewey House, Heritage Gallery, and the Upper Sumas Train Station; Heritage Abbotsford Society works closely with the community to create and offer inclusive and thought-provoking heritage-focused programs and events for the young and the young at heart.


Heritage Abbotsford Society


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