Art by First Nations, Metis UBCO students

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art presents Revive the Indian in the Child, on display from March 21 to March 29.

Revive the Indian in the Child is a community art project including a variety of artworks created by First Nations and Metis University of British Columbia Okanagan students. Participants are intergenerational survivors or feel they have been impacted by residential schools. The student works communicate contemporary perspectives involving; identity, family, community, stories, residential schools and its lingering impacts today.

Brandon Ashecroft, a UBC Okanagan student, says: “it is important that we all remember that learning does not just occur through hierarchal systems. Indigenoustraditional knowledge is holistic and never ending. Following these ideals it is important to recognize art as an accessible form that allows everybody to participate in learning, healing, storytelling and reconciliation. Art must be recognized as an important way of maintaining culture and traditional knowledge.”

Join the Alternator on March 21 at 7 p.m. for an opening reception, which will include a discussion group facilitated by Allison Hargreaves at 7:30.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in Kelowna at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave. The Alternator is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the creative community. Since 1989, the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists, focused on innovative and non-traditional mediums engaged in social and cultural issues.

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