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There is Truth Here

Creativity and Resilience in
Children's Art from Indian Residential Schools

50% off Admission

Community Summit attendees are eligible for a 50% discount on admission for this exhibit between April 5 and May 31, 2019.

The Museum of Vancouver is pleased to announce its newest feature exhibition There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools. Curated by Andrea Walsh, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Victoria, and originally displayed at the Legacy Art Gallery in Victoria, the exhibition has been adapted with additional works from the MOV collection. Sharon Fortney, Curator of Indigenous Collections and Engagement at MOV, facilitated bringing this exhibit to Vancouver.

There is Truth Here, opening on April 5, 2019, focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island) and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba). The focus of the exhibition is not on the schools themselves, but upon witnessing the experiences of the survivors as conveyed through their childhood artworks – for some the only surviving material from their childhoods.

There is Truth Here brings a new line to bear on the role of art as part of children’s knowledge, identity, and experiences of Indian Residential and Day Schools. Through paintings, drawings, sewing, beading, drumming, singing, and drama produced by children and youth who attended schools in British Columbia and Manitoba the exhibition seeks to contribute in vital and new ways to dialogues and initiative about truth telling, reconciliation, and redress in Canada.

To offer context and a unique, local counterpoint to the exhibition MOV is excited to announce a partnership with Capture Photography Festival, who have had the opportunity to commission Roxanne Charles, an artist and member of the Semiahmoo First Nation, who will be producing a local response to There is Truth Here. Roxanne will be drawing inspiration from archival photographs from MOV's collection of everyday life at St. Mary's Residential School in Mission, BC.E.

Attendees of the 2019 Community Summit, Confronting the Disinformation Age, are eligible for a 50% discount on admission for this exhibit. Simply show a digital or printed ticket to any Community Summit event to the Museum of Vancouver box office staff to receive your discount. Discount in effect between April 5 and May 31, 2019.


April 05, 2019 - May 31, 2019


Museum of Vancouver (MOV)
1100 Chestnut St,
Vancouver, B.C.

We respectfully acknowledge that this exhibit takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

Venue Accessibility


There are ramps which lead to the atrium of the building and MOV’s exhibitions are all situated on the main floor.

Elevators can bring you to the lower lobby where wheelchair accessible bathroom stalls are located.

The front of the building has a handicapped drop off area.


EasyPark Lot 60 - 1100 Chestnut Street

  • Located at the Museum of Vancouver/H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

  • Pay using the EasyPark App to receive reduced rates at this and other select EasyPark Location

  • Paved surface carpark

  • Unattended facility

  • No height restriction

  • 248 stalls

  • Stalls for people with disabilities are available - SPARC decals must be displayed and regular rates apply.


Monday to Sunday & Holidays | Daily Maximum $18.25

6am - 6pm     
$3.00 per hour ($2.75 per hour with EasyPark App) | Maximum $11.00

6pm - 6am
$3.00 per hour ($2.75 per hour with EasyPark App) | Maximum $7.25

*Daily parking rates include GST & Parking Sales Tax (21%)


Plan your bus route on Translink

  • Take a #2 or #32 bus.

  • Exit at Cornwall Ave and Cypress Street.

  • Walk North-East (towards the water).

Take the False Creek Ferries

  • The False Creek Ferries is a fun way to get to Vanier Park from downtown and other destinations along False Creek.

  • Passengers drop off is on the shore of Vanier Park.

  • Just walk south-east to reach our building.

For full details on venue accessibility, visit the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) website.


Sharon Fortney

Curator, Indigenous Collections and Engagement at Museum of Vancouver.

Dr. Andrea Walsh

Curator, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Victoria.