Vancouver Public Library's Special Collections include content created over several centuries that tells an incomplete and often distorted story of our province and country. Some materials include language or images that are racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise offensive and discriminatory. Such items reflect biases, norms, and perspectives of the time in which they were created that are unacceptable today.
In recognition of the negative impact of language and images, the Library is working to update and change descriptions of content to ensure that they are inclusive and respectful, replacing inappropriate language or terminology used during earlier cataloguing practices. This is an ongoing process.
There are also certain offensive terms that will not be changed in order to function as historical evidence of past attitudes and viewpoints. Examples include description or commentary provided by the work's creator, or actual names such as the Cariboo Indian Girls Pipe Band. When possible these terms will be part of the description rather than title.
If you see records with inappropriate language or content that you think the Library should review, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide as much detail as possible, including an accession number where available.