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Royal Alberta Museum’s residential schools exhibit tells the ‘story of Canada’ – Folio

by ahnationtalk on October 12, 201860 Views

Oct 12, 2018

New exhibit conveys powerful truths about what Indigenous peoples experienced and lost, says U of A curator.

On the main floor of the newly opened Royal Alberta Museum, visitors will find an exhibit that is partially enclosed and features a cautionary panel that warns patrons of the sensitive materials within.

The residential schools exhibit showcases some of the realities of the residential school system in Alberta, and was curated by Indigenous artist and University of Alberta associate professor Tanya Harnett, who is also a member of the Indigenous content advisory panel for the museum.

The exhibit features a video of artist and residential school survivor Alex Janvier explaining his experience in residential school, and one of his paintings, Blood Tears, which is displayed so visitors can see both the front and the back, upon which Janvier has listed all that he lost as a student in Blue Quills Residential School.

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