AFA acknowledges Truth and Reconciliation Day

Date: Sep 29, 2021

    By Farron Callihoo – 1989 – Ink on Paper
    Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

    A message from Mary Rozsa de Coquet on behalf of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

    September 30, 2021, is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, formerly known as “Orange Shirt” Day. This day of commemoration honours the children of Canada’s Residential School System and calls us to reflect on this dark and painful period from our history which continues to cause hurt to this day.

    The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) encourages all Albertans to learn more about the history and legacy of residential schools, and to learn more about the rich culture and artistic expression of Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.

    At the AFA, we actively support Indigenous Arts as a unique, distinct arts discipline. We collect artworks by Indigenous artists to preserve, exhibit and promote. We have begun a journey to learn from and listen to Indigenous artists to better understand how to improve our supports. I encourage everyone reading this post to visit the AFA Virtual Museum and visit the Indigenous collection ( as part of your learning and reflection on Truth and Reconciliation Day.

    Finally, I draw your attention to the AFA land acknowledgement, the video can also be watched here.