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Mount Royal University - Reconciliation - Opening Reception

  • Mount Royal University 4825 Mount Royal Gate Southwest Calgary, AB, T3E 0A3 Canada (map)

Curated by Curtis (Dez) Desiatnyk

Reconciliation (rec•on•cil•i•a•tion) - the action of making one view or belief compatible with another.This exhibition aims to explore an alternate definition: a harmonization of education to facilitate a framework for coming to terms with our damaging past. A look at the consequences of forced assimilation on a culture and its people, not only for those directly affected, but the long term impacts on future generations. We look at this topic through three very distinct viewpoints.



The Canadian residential school system was created for the purpose of removing Indigenous children from the influence of their own culture. On August 14, 2015 the St. Mary’s Residential School was destroyed by arson. The School was located on Canada’s largest First Nations Reserve, the Kainai/Blood Reserve of Southern Alberta. George Webber presents a short photo essay on the school before and after its destruction.



A filmmaker and photographer from the Stoney Nakoda Nation, Soloman presents four diptychs from larger bodies of work in progress. “The word reconciliation has left a bitter and confusing taste in my mouth, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.”



Images from David Youn accompany this autobiographical look at Aaron Pelletier’s transformative journey of spiritual awakening from the trenches of darkness and isolation through his poetry.