A Victoria heritage house that closed its doors earlier this year after financial strife is set to have new management come 2024.
The Métis Nation of BC will take over management of Point Ellice House. The Forager Foundation was tasked in May with temporarily managing the facility until the BC Heritage Branch found a permanent contractor to take over the role.
“The remarkable revival and operation of Point Ellice House could not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of our volunteers, staff, and the invaluable support from the community,” said Bryce Mathew Watts, Director of Forager Foundation.
In a statement, the Forager Foundation went on to thank Mayor Marianne Alto of Victoria, Destination Greater Victoria, and Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria, whose support they say support was crucial in revitalizing the museum experience.
“Managing Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens was both challenging and fulfilling,” says Point Ellice Manager Jennifer Rosado. “Every happy attendee and visitor made our efforts truly rewarding.”
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Moving forward, the foundation says it’s committed to ensuring a smooth transition to the Métis Nation of BC.
“We celebrate the new journey that awaits Point Ellice House under their guidance and are confident in the Métis Nation’s ability to carry forward the torch of cultural preservation,” says Watts.
The Métis Nation will take over management Jan. 1, 2024.
“We envision Point Ellice House as a space where visitors engage with Victoria’s history and Métis heritage. Through meaningful conversations, we aspire to increase awareness, respect, and unity, turning this heritage site into a beacon of understanding and reconciliation,” said Patrick Harriott, Minister of Culture, Heritage and Language for MNBC.