RARE ARTWORK CREATED BY CHILDREN IN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS DISPLAYED AT MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER

'We just want people to witness what the kids went through'

Mark Atleo of the Ahousaht First Nation, who also goes by the name Kiikitakashuaa, with his artwork in the background. A survivor of the Alberni Indian Residential School on Vancouver Island, he says painting represented an escape. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

A new exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver is displaying rare artworks created by children who attended residential schools — oftentimes, the only surviving materials from their childhood.

The exhibit, called There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools, was curated by Andrea Walsh, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Victoria.

It features artworks by children at the St. Michael’s Indian Residential school in Alert Bay just off Vancouver Island, the Alberni Indian Residential School on Vancouver Island,  Inkameep Day School in B.C.’s Okanagan and Mackay Indian Residential School in Manitoba.

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