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National Day For Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which coincides with Orange Shirt Day in Canada. It is a day to recognize the tragic legacy of Canada’s residential school system and commemorate Indigenous residential school Survivors, their families, and communities.

As a leader in the North Bay arts community, and a friend and ally to our Indigenous neighbours, we recognize the importance of this day and will continue to build on the spirit of reconciliation by amplifying and supporting Indigenous artists and their work.

We understand that decolonizing the gallery space is an ongoing process and we hope to continue this work in the years ahead. Our goal is to create a safe and barrier free space for all people to experience art and its transformative power.

In the spirit of growth and understanding, here is a short list of the many resources available to explore on the topic of truth and reconciliation. Please note the gallery will be closed Thursday in observation of the day.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – Calls to Action: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1524494530110/1557511412801

National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation

Orange Shirt Day – Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story in her own words: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllis-story.html

Indigenous Curatorial Collective: https://acc-cca.com/about/

CBC – New mural in Selkirk, Man., dedicated to legacy of residential schools: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/selkirk-manitoba-mural-residential-schools-1.5989687

APTN – Art, activism and residential schools part of new exhibits at Canadian Museum for Human Rights: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/art-activism-and-residential-schools-part-of-new-exhibits-at-canadian-museum-for-human-rights/

UPDATE: Streaming on Twitch

Hey Folks! We will be returning to Twitch this Fall for more fun programming and discussions with Artists. We will have special guest hosts from time to time to share their experiences and bring their own twist to the stream!

Watch our latest Twitch stream by clicking here.

Best of Luck, Rihkee!

The White Water Gallery Board of Directors is sad to announce the resignation of Rihkee Strapp as Executive Director. Rihkee is moving on to pursue a full-time career as an artist and we wish them every success in the path ahead. We look forward to welcoming them back to the gallery in the near future. Rihkee wishes to thank everyone for their support and leave you with a final message care of Porky Pig.

Stepping into support the gallery as Interim Administrative Director is Stephanie De Montmorency. Stephanie has served as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors at the gallery since 2019. Stephanie looks forward to building on the work Rihkee had begun earlier this year. Programming Director Mitchell Ellam will also be supporting Stephanie with this transition.

Peripheral Island III

By Artists: Roberto Santaguida, Anna Camilleri, Cassidy Bankson is a web based; collaborative experimental documentary film composed by artists working at a distance during a year in isolation. Connecting only through online platforms the artists share in each other’s lives and experiences. Follow the link below to see the full exhibition in an online gallery: See the exhibition by clicking here.

Currently Showing: Peripheral Islands III

An evolving web-based exhibition by Cassidy Bankson, Anna Camilleri and Roberto Santaguida.).

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