Call for Submission Summer 2014 posterApplication Form Available Here


This event is organized by Anne Burrill and sponsored by the Orange Shirt Day Committee with the support of the City of Williams Lake, Cariboo Regional District, School District 27 and the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society.Art of Reconciliation

Exploring Reconciliation

Reconciliation is both a personal journey and a public process. Anne Burrill is inviting artists to participate in an interactive workshop to explore reconciliation and then create a piece of artwork that is reflective of their experience, thoughts and ideas following the workshop. A second workshop will be held in late June for artists to share their work and the process of creating each piece. Artists will then be invited to contribute their work to a show at the Station House Gallery during the month of September.

The workshops will be co‐facilitated by Sheila Dick and Anne Burrill and are open to equal numbers of First Nations and non‐First Nations artists. We ask that you register in advance so that we can better plan the workshop for participants. Lunch will be provided and health supports will be available on site.

For over 100 years, Aboriginal children were removed from their families and sent to institutions called residential schools. The government‐funded, church‐run schools were located across Canada and established with the purpose to eliminate parental involvement in the spiritual, cultural and intellectual development of Aboriginal children. The last residential schools closed in the mid‐1990s. During this chapter in Canadian history, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were forced to attend these schools some of which were hundreds of miles from their home.

The St. Joseph’s Mission (Cariboo) Residential School operated for nearly a century on the Williams Lake First Nations lands with students drawn primarily from the 15 First Nations in the Cariboo Region. The ‘official dates’ for the school are July 19, 1891 to June 30, 1981.

The multi‐generational impact of residential schools is a legacy of unresolved trauma passed from generation to generation and has had a profound effect on the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians. Collective efforts from all peoples are necessary to revitalize the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society – reconciliation is the goal. It is a goal that will take the commitment of multiple generations but when it is achieved, when we have reconciliation ‐ it will make for a better, stronger Canada.

In the spring of 2013, the community of Williams Lake hosted a historic series of events to commemorate the history of St. Joseph’s Mission as a tragic part of our past, and to encourage our communities to work together toward reconciliation. Multiple events were organized by First Nations and local government, as well as the School District. We installed monuments at the school site, and in Boitanio Park. We witnessed the stories of residential school survivors and their families. We talked about reconciliation. We hold Orange Shirt Day in September to honour the children who survived the Indian Residential Schools and to remember those that didn’t. Also, to keep the focus on the importance of creating a new future for the children of our communities and to ensure that this history is never repeated. Despite recent conflict and differences over mining development, we are determined to heal these differences and move forward in a positive way for the future of all our communities.

This event is sponsored by the Orange Shirt Day Committee with the support of the City of Williams Lake, Cariboo Regional District, School District 27 and the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society



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The Station House Gallery is currently seeking submissions for their summer show “My Williams Lake”.  We encourage youth to participate in this show about our City.  We would like children to take photos of what is important or significant to them in Williams Lake.

Up to twenty photos will be chosen to include in a quilt that will be displayed at the Gallery during the months of July and August.  This quilt will be auctioned off at the opening on July 5, 2014 during the “Chew the Fat” event at the Gallery celebrating the City’s 85th birthday.  The funds raised will go towards the costs of painting the exterior of the Station House building.

Images must be of high resolution and taken by youth 18 or younger.  Images must mean “Williams Lake” to the photographer.  Images must be sent in .jpg format to  no later than 5 o’clock on May 15, 2014.

Not a Youth….. Don’t worry you don’t have to be 18 years or younger to participate in the Summer Exhibition, click here to see the application and Guidelines for the Summer Exhibition!


The Station House Gallery is wrapping up yet another two great Exhibitions from the month of March that featured the Cariboo Potters Guild “50 Shades of Clay” and Liz Derksens “The Eye of the Beholder”.  Both exhibitions have been a huge success for both the Artists and the Gallery with many visitors coming back a number of times to be inspired by local artists.  The Exhibitions will close  Saturday March 29th.



April will bring about something a little different, with an exhibition by three local ladies and two special guests! Beth Holden, Jane Wellburn and Liliana Dragowska have been working hard to answer this age-old question that has inspired these local artists to look for answers that challenge comfort levels and spark creativity.  This new age exhibition incorporates a variety of mediums – installations, felting, sewing, glass work, stenciling, photography, upcycling, social commentary, sound, and poetry – all of which explore the stories we wear outside ourselves, from the mundane to the eccentric.

The Gallery and Artists invite Station House Gallery Society Members and media to attend the Opening Reception dressed of course in your best attire, costume, or your own personal creative dress expression to join in on the theme.  Fashion as a form of personal expression!  The Artists will be hosting a creative artists talk during the opening!

Looking forward to seeing you Soon!

The Station House Gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10am -5pm, Admission is FREE.

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