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A Long Journey Home: Life After Residential Schools

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“A Long Journey Home Life After Residential Schools" exhibition.

This exhibition features the "100 Years of Loss" exhibit by the Legacy of Hope Foundation and includes artworks from students of the Nkmip Day School in Osoyoos, BC and a series of interviews with members of the Okanagan Nation.

The lasting affects of residential schools is not left solely left with the students of the residential schools but of Indigenous peoples of that era and the generations to follow. The following stories were included for their diversity in experiences and was intended to include as many view points to demonstrate the lasting affects of the people to the viewers. Interviewees include:  Audrey Baptiste, Richard Armstrong, Hilda Belanger, Mariel Belanger, Caroline Pierre, Joey Pierre and Dorothy Ward.

A Long Journey Home- Life After Residential Schools video project

Screening of A Long Journey Home opening nightVictoria Baptiste, ULLUS Collective Artistic Director was contracted as Project Coordinator for the Penticton Museum & Archives to assist with the production of a series of view points of the impact on residential schools which include the personal histories and recollections of the:

~ Residential School Survivor
(term used for those who went to residential school);

~ Day Scholar
(term used for those who went to the on-reserve day schools);

~ Non-Residential School Attendee
(Those who did not attend residential school or the on-reserve day schools) &

~ Intergenerational Survivor
(term used for the sibling, spouse, child, grandchild of a residential school survivor)

to be included as part of the "Long Journey Home- Life After Residential Schools" exhibit.


  • Audrey Baptiste
  • Richard Armstrong
  • Dorothy Ward
  • Hilda Belanger
  • Mariel Belanger
  • Joey Pierre &
  • Caroline Pierre
  • This exhibit has been brought to you by Penticton Museum & Archives,
    ULLUS Collective Members and Particpating Artists
    Inez Pierre, Elders Coordinator, Penticton Indian Band
    and Peggy Joe, Executive Director, Ooknakane Friendship Centre
    university of Victoria, Legacy of Hope Foundation, the city of Penticton, Osoyoos and District Museum and Archives, Osoyoos Indian Band and the BC Arts Council


  • Executive Producer and Curator, Peter Ord,
  • Associate Producer and Project Coordinator, Victoria Baptiste
  • Videographer, Victoria Baptiste,

  • Videographer, Mariel Belanger,

  • Videographer, Warren Hooley and

  • Youth Videographer, Keegan Baptiste.

  • Levi George, Photographer;

  • Evelyn Alec, Computer Graphics Designer,

  • Herman Edwards, Music Underscore and

  • Sam Mitchell, Audio Engineer.