December – February

Cold Earth Season




In recognition of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, GVPL presents an exploration of HIV in today’s world, featuring HIV positive speakers, Elders, art and activities. Presented by AIDS Vancouver Island. Refreshments provided.

December 1, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Admission to drop-in programs is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Indigenous Story Book Club with Carmen Rodriguez de France

Join Carmen Rodriquez de France, assistant professor of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria, for a book club focused on the works of Canadian Indigenous peoples. Explore their history, culture and ways of being, as expressed through their writings. Reading will be emailed in advance of the program. This is a biweekly program from September to December.

Date: Wednesday, December 6 & 20 between 1:30–2:30 pm

Location:  Nellie McClung Branch


LEGACY ART GALLERY – September 23, 2017 to January 6, 2018
Downtown – 630 Yates St.

There is Truth Here – Creativity & Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential & Day Schools

Through paintings, drawings, sewing, beading, drumming, and singing, and drama produced by children and youth who attended them in British Columbia and Manitoba the exhibition seeks to contribute in vital and new ways to dialogues and initiative about true telling, reconciliation, and redress in Canada.

Guest curated by Dr. Andrea N. Walsh, Anthropology, University of Victoria



Point of contact: On Place and the West Coast Imaginary

Running through to April 1, 2018

This exhibition takes the site of Nootka, in the traditional territories of the  Nuu-chah-nulth peoples on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, as a case study to consider how artists have contributed to shaping the idea of place on the West Coast. Nootka was the site of first contact between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and as such has been a subject in art since the 18th Century. Juxtaposing works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, this exhibition features works by artists including Patrick Amos, Emily Carr, Stan Douglas, Jock McDonald, Tim Paul, Takao Tanabe, Art Thompson, John Webber and Hjalmer Wenstob. It considers how the idea of place is culturally produced and exists as part of the social imaginary.

Drop in Tour:  Dec 16 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Royal BC Museum First Nations Exhibitions:

Cultural Precinct

First Peoples Galleries

Our Living Languages