About this object


From a collection of Northwest Coast inspired artwork produced by First Nations children at the Alert Bay Residential School during the 1968 to 1969 school year. The works were also part of an exhibition of student drawings, displayed at the Charles Sanderson Library in Toronto during 1970. They were also featured briefly by one of the local television stations. Residential schools were operated by religious organizations and followed the regular provincial curriculum. The Alert Bay Residential School was operated by the Anglican Church of Canada. According to the Van Drielens, art was discouraged at the School because 'they couldn't make a living at it'.

Physical description

Poster with six black and white photographs in a diagonal line across a horizontally rectangular black background. From the top left down to the bottom right, there pictures are as follows: a person facing to the left side by a shoreline behind to the right side; fallen trees and branches; a field of fallen trees with machinery in the back; logs on a stone beach; two people on a stone beach; and houses along a beach. In white pastel, at the bottom left, there reads 'Environs'. Poster is covered with plastic sheeting attached by masking tape.