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Exhibits about Residential Schools: Part Two

Since publishing a post on exhibitions about residential school at the end of October, I have become aware of two other exhibitions on the same topic, both from the Legacy of Hope Foundation.

The earlier exhibition is called Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools. It was produced in 2001 and has been seen in many university and museum settings across Canada. This exhibition spans over 125 years and contains photographs and documents from the 1880s to present day. Since it was first produced, the exhibit has been augmented by an iphone app which provides information in greater depth from curator Jeff Thomas via video, images, and text.

In 2010 the Foundation produced “We were so far away”: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools. The Legacy of Hope Foundation’s website reveals the impetus for the exhibit as “a need to portray the unique Inuit experience of residential schools”:

We were far away from home, very far away; emotionally, geographically and spiritually.

These exhibitions tell such important stories. I hope that you will have time to visit the Legacy of Hope Foundation website to learn more about them. If you work in a museum, art gallery, or anywhere with public space and would like to book an exhibit, you are encouraged to contact Kate Laing at or the general email address