Repatriation, Reconciliation, and Refiguring Relationships.
A Case study of the return of children’s artwork from the Alberni Indian Residential School to Survivors and their families. This presentation focuses on what was learned about curating culturally sensitive collections with Survivors and community, and working with people whose lives are directly affected by the legacy of the schools. The teachings and protocols developed in our work are an integral part of our response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and are situated in wider discussions of the role of museums and galleries that care for material culture from the residential school era in Canada.
Presenters: Andrea N. Walsh, University of Victoria; Mary Jo Hughes, University of Victoria, Legacy Art Galleries