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.

Kamileri group photo

Photo: Johnny Hanuse

Part 3: Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village

In this experiential workshop, participants will gain deeper insight into the impact of residential schools and explore how each of us can help revive the values that guided Indigenous villages for generations. Audience participation is a component of this workshop and is used to create an emotional understanding of the experiences of Aboriginal people in Canadian history. This workshop was inspired by Jann Derrick and many elders and was developed by facilitator Kathi Camilleri, who has coordinated healing programs in the Aboriginal community for more than 20 years. Kathi will be joined by guest fascilitator Yuxwelupton (Bradley Dick), a local community representative of Lkwungen, Mamalilikulla, Ditidaht ancestry.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Please dress in layers as the Wawadiťła Mungo Martin House in Thunderbird Park at the Royal BC Museum is not heated. There will be a live fire in the fire pit in the centre of the House which may create smoke.

Date: Saturday, June 10, 12:00-4:00 pm
Location: Wawadit’la, Mungo Martin House, Thunderbird Park adjacent to the Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St.

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Part 4 to be announced soon.

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 Ave., 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.

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Part 2: De-Constructing Colonization in Each of Our Lives

Louise Mandell, Q.C., LL.D, gave a talk that explores de-constructing colonization in each of our lives – making space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to dream a way forward that respects and reflects the diversity, strength and hope embodied within Indigenous traditions.

Archivist Genevieve Weber from the Royal BC Museum also spoke about how BC Archives is working with communities to strengthen the Indigenous voices in their collection.

Date: Thursday, May 11, 7:00–8:30 pm
Location: Newcombe Conference Hall at the Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St., Victoria, BC  V8W 9W2

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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.