A series of exhibitions were held in September tied into the theme of Reconciliation (see The Beat September 2013). They relate to issues of aboriginal Canadians and their difficult history with the Canadian government.
A few of the exhibitions continue beyond the time of the official government programs in Vancouver in September 2013. At the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael’s Residential School can be seen until March 2, 2014.
The exhibition’s curator Bill McLennan notes that the interactivity of the installation has led to interesting encounters. For example, viewers who recognize the children in the photographs of St. Michael’s residential school can write the name of the children on a transparent sheet hanging over the photo. This has enabled families to see images of children and parents they thought lost.
For more about the exhibition see http://moa.ubc.ca/experience/exhibit_details.php?id=1209
Also at the UBC, the large and moving Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools continues at the Belkin Gallery until December 1 2013. A related work by Cathy Busby, We Are Sorry is at the Koerner Library at UBC. At the Belkin, artist Beau Dick will be speaking on Thursday October 10 at 12:30; Cathy Busby at the same time on October 31. http://www.belkin.ubc.ca/current/