TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
This mosaic was created in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday and is part of 150 murals across Canada illustrating our country’s cultural and geographical diversity. The piece was designed by Victoria-based Kwagiulth artist Carey Newman. Nearly 600 individual 4″x4″ tiles were painted by community members. The mosaic hangs on a wall near the entrance to the courtyard of the Greater Victoria Public Library’s Central Branch at 735 Broughton Street.
Greater Victoria Public Library has been working toward Truth and Reconciliation through our library collections, services and programming for the past ten years. We develop relationships with local Indigenous communities by offering educational and fun programs, as well as expand our collections to introduce patrons to Indigenous voices in books, music and film.
In 2017, building on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the City of Victoria’s declaration that 2017 would be “A Year of Reconciliation,” GVPL presented a four-part speaker series, Reconciliation: Opening the Door to Conversations, in partnership with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, with funding from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Victoria Foundation and the Government of Canada.
We invite you to join us in a journey of Truth and Reconciliation by exploring our Indigenous books and resources, some of which are highlighted below, and taking part in a free library program.
sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch
GVPL officially opened its twelfth branch on May 26, 2018. The sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch name was selected by the City of Victoria and is the Lekwungen name for James Bay. The name is pronounced s-hweng hw-ung tongue-oo-hw.
Books, films and music by and about Indigenous people in Canada can be found across all of the library’s collections. Use the links below to find out more about the residential school experience and the truth and reconciliation process in particular. We have also created kits for adults and children featuring stories and information by Indigenous creators.