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Project Description


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.

Thank you to everyone who supported the speaker series. The series concluded on November 7, 2017.

Photo: Centric Photography

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 6:30-8:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm

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

Part 4: Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation

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Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the impact of those schools. Through readings and personal stories, author Monique Gray Smith shared her journey toward truth and reconciliation and how that journey led her to write three new books. Her inspiring and thought-provoking words explored the role each of us can play in healing and repairing the relationship between Canada and Indigenous people, how each of us can be medicine as we lead our nation toward Truth and Reconciliation.

Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning author, international speaker and consultant based in Victoria. A mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish descent, she is well-known for her storytelling. Her book Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation was released in the fall of 2017.

Past Events

Part 3: Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village

In this experiential workshop, participants gained deeper insight into the impact of residential schools and explored how each of us can help revive the values that guided Indigenous villages for generations. Audience participation was a component of this workshop and was 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 was joined by guest facilitator Yuxwelupton (Bradley Dick), a local community representative of Lkwungen, Mamalilikulla, Ditidaht ancestry.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Thank You 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.

Peek-a-boo! Here’s a quote to brighten your day:

“When in doubt, go to the library.” – Hermione Granger