Reconciliation: Opening the Door to Conversations

A four-part speaker series to inspire community conversations around revitalizing relationships
with Indigenous peoples and Canadian society

Presented by the Greater Victoria Public Library and the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

Photo: “Humanity” by Carey Newman, Jesse Hlady Photography


Part 1: Art and Artists: Critical Dialogues about Truth Telling and Reconciliation

What role does art play as part of reconciliation in Canada? Join us for an evening of stories and ideas about creating art and thinking about its exhibition through the eyes and experiences of residential school survivors, Indigenous artists, and curators.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:30–8:30 pm

Location: Victoria Native Friendship Centre, gymnasium, 231 Regina Avenue, Victoria, BC V8Z 1J6

Presentations by Dr. Andrea Walsh with Mark Atleo, Ahousaht First Nation; Rande Cook (K’alapa) ‘Namgis Tribe, Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation; and Kwagiulth artist Carey Newman, followed by a Q & A. Welcome and drumming by Sarah Underdown and Glenn Patterson of Unity Drummers. Refreshments provided as well as a silent auction with proceeds benefitting the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

Free admission, but registration is required.

Did you attend Part 1? We would appreciate your feedback.

Save the Date: Part 2 of the Speaker Series

De-Constructing Colonization in Each of Our Lives
Date: Thursday, May 11, 7:00–8:30 pm
Location: Greater Victoria Public Library, Central Branch, 735 Broughton Street

Presented by Louise Mandell, Q.C., LL.D.

Parts 3 and 4 to be announced soon.

Thanks to Our Funders

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Victoria Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre Victoria Foundation, les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.