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New artworks for the Year of Reconciliation debut in August

August 4 2014

Year of Reconciliation transit poster by Dionne Paul

A new project debuts in August to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation.

Transit shelters around the city

Dionne Paul’s bus shelter posters refer directly to 1828 – 1998, the years of the Canadian Residential School System.

The posters show three girls and one little boy in school uniforms. The young girls are posed in the classic gestures of the fable “say no evil,” “hear no evil,” and “see no evil.” The boy gestures “shhh,” referencing the history of aboriginal people being silenced, kept from speaking. The posters will be in sites around the city through August.

Dionne Paul is a proud member of the Nuxalk Nation and Sechelt Nation. She is currently working on a MFA from Emily Carr University.

Other Reconciliation artworks on display in August

Additional artworks on display that debuted in March 2014 are:

  • "Open Handed" banners by Brian Liu at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
  • "Her Story" photo mural by Krista Belle Stewart at the Canada Line City Centre Station
  • Video by Jeremy Borsos at the dual screens, Granville and Robson
  • Video by Emilie Crewe at the CBC screen, Hamilton and Georgia 
  • Video by Krista Belle Stewart at the VanCity Theatre screen, Seymour and Davie

Artwork through September and October

You can continue to view "Open Handed" at the Vancouver Public Library and "Her Story" at the Canada Line City Centre Station until the end of October.

How the artists were selected

The City’s Public Art Program commissioned 10 new artist projects from an open call to Canadian artists.

The first five debuted in March 2014.

The Year of Reconciliation

Vancouver City Council proclaimed June 21, 2013, to June 20, 2014, as a Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver in response to Reconciliation Canada’s national call to action to help build more inclusive communities.

Learn more about the Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the City supported a Year of Reconciliation by acknowledging the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system.

Learn about the Public Art Program

Public art

Explore and find out how the City and Park Board support public art by emerging and established artists in Vancouver.