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THIS IS MY CITY FESTIVAL 2015



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Uncovering Colonial Legacies:
Voices of Indigenous Youth in Child Welfare (dis)Placements


Friday, April 17th to Saturday, April 25th

Opening reception April 17th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 18 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 25 – 11:00 to 3:00 pm


artBOX on 17E
1807 42 Street SE



In collaboration with Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY) we showcase the astonishing work of young artists between 18 and 29 years of age.

By bringing together Indigenous youth with child welfare involvement, the exhibit engages all Calgarians to reflect on the lifelong impacts of childhood displacement from home communities and disconnection from family experienced by many Indigenous youth.

Some of the artists who prepared this work will be available at the gallery during exhibit hours.

When asked about the project, Daniela Navia and collaborators Rita Henderson and Levi First Charger made the following statement.

"There are three times the number of Indigenous youth in the child welfare system than were placed at the height of residential schools. This exhibit seeks to create a better understanding of how settler colonialism shapes ongoing displacement, dispossession and violence against Indigenous bodies. It also situates the importance of daily resistance and reclamation in the everyday lives of Indigenous peoples. Indigenous youth ranging from 18 to 29 years old who recently experienced Child Welfare (dis)placements were involved in an arts and advocacy initiative organized in partnership between the University of Calgary and the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth."

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