College of the Rockies was pleased to host a unique presentation from University of Victoria professor, Dr. Andrea Walsh, entitled ‘Repatriation as Reconciliation: Children’s Art from the Alberni Indian Residential School’.
from the press release:
“A visual anthropologist specializing in 20th century and contemporary aboriginal art, Dr. Walsh is interested in collections of objects and images and how they are curated and exhibited in museums and galleries. Through her work, she has explored aboriginal children’s art and its role in reconciliation and redress.
In 2012, Dr. Walsh and other University of Victoria faculty members and students, formed a research and curatorial collective called Residential and Indian Day School Art Research (RIDSAR). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, it set out to understand the status of children’s artwork, created in residential schools, in Canadian museum collections.
RIDSAR surveyed 1100 institutions and archives and found that a very small number of collections exist, many of them concentrated around BC residential schools. As part of their research, they worked with survivors from the Alberni Indian Residential School on a multi-year exhibition project. This project focused on paintings from that school which, in 2013, had been repatriated to the survivors who created them as children.”
Read more in the full press release here.