Exhibitions and Dialogues

Current exhibition

We have an exhibition in our main gallery space downstairs. Please feel free to come in, learn more about the centre, view the interactive wall or browse our collections via a kiosk.

The Centre’s latest exhibition opened over the summer, which focuses on the Centre itself. The exhibition highlights the origins, systems, development and on-going work of the RSHDC. Offering a different view for respectful engagement with Indigenous peoples and protocols, the exhibition explores the topics of colonial disruption, supporting spaces for Survivors. Videos from the Legacy of Hope Foundation focusing on Intergenerational Survivors are featured as well.


Past exhibitions

Pride and Camaraderie: Stories of Residential School and Sport

Our new curated art exhibition upstairs explores stories from Survivors and sport. Day-to-day experiences at residential school included fear, loneliness, trauma, abuse and at the same time could also include hope, support, resistance and respite in activities like art, music and sports. 

Visit the Centre to browse the exhibition, which features 12 images and stories contributed by the Sparrow Family, Brissenden-Loyie Family and the United Church of Canada. 

View the handout for the exhibit upstairs

years of loss100 Years of Loss: the Residential School System in Canada 

This educational exhibit raises awareness about the history and legacy of residential schools. In partnership with the Legacy of Hope Foundation and the Centre, 100 Years of Loss was on display from April to September 2018 in Koerner Library.


Timeline for 100 Years of Loss (available via Legacy of Hope Foundation website)


Past events

September 30 is an annual day to recognize and raise awareness about the residential school system in Canada, join together in the spirit of reconciliation, and honour the experiences of Indigenous Peoples. Between the late 1800s and 1996, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children attended Indian residential schools – Orange Shirt Day commemorates this legacy. Show your support of Orange Shirt Day by talking about the day, learning about its origins and residential schools, and honour Survivors by wearing orange on September 30. 

Learn more

Genocide, Residential Schools and the Challenge of [Re]Conciliation: Dialogue and Panel Discussion (June 6)

Dialogue Series on Indigenous Data, Information and Records (January 21, April 3, May 6)