UCN Hosts 2nd Annual Truth and Reconciliation Conference
March 16, 2018
UCN is proud to host the second annual Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action gathering to be held on March 21 & 22, 2018, at the UCN Thompson Campus and the Thompson Regional Community Centre. The theme for this year’s gathering is the “Road to Wellness”. The chosen theme for this year’s gathering is very appropriate as it fits right into UCN’s joint partnership work with the University of Victoria to repatriate art work back to former students of the Mackay Indian Residential School.
The Faculty of Arts, Business and Science, University College of the North (UCN) and the University of Victoria (UVic) began working together a year ago when UCN learned that UVic was looking for a host organization to help return artwork that they had come into possession through a former employee of the Mackay Indian Residential School. The employee was an artist who had been teaching the Mackay students artwork. He had been collecting the artwork over the years and when he died his family donated the art work to UVic. Shortly thereafter, UVic began searching a way to return the artwork back to the original artists.
The artwork will be coming to UCN during which time UVic will transfer over the care of the artwork until such time they can be properly repatriated back to the original artist. This important gesture will take place during the gathering on March 21 & 22, 2018, where participants will have an opportunity to meet one of the former artists and hear from former residential school survivors and as well, meet the people involved in this important work. UCN is inviting the public and anyone that is interested to take part and witness the transfer and care of the artwork.
For more information, please contact:
Jennie Wastesicoot, Assistant Professor
University College of the North
Faculty of Arts, Business and Science