Pathways to Truth and Reconciliation | Ghost Days: Truth and Reconciliation Commission with Terrance Houle
"Evoking our colonial and non-colonial histories that exist in the light of night as in the darkness of the day, GHOST DAYS awakens a collaboration with artists, audience, and spirit"
In a follow-up to our Truth and Reconciliation Summit held in October 2016 at Banff Centre, Indigenous Leadership at Banff Centre hosts a monthly speaker series that invites Bow Valley residents to engage in relevant topics, local discussions, and learn more about Indigenous culture, history, and knowledge. We continue to be impressed by the interest the Bow Valley shows when we bring the classroom into the community with this monthly speaker series.
We offer this series in partnership with Banff Canmore Community Foundation and each month a new guest speaker shares on the topic of truth and reconciliation.
In our second season of the Truth and Reconciliation Speaker Series we will be exploring the “Pathways to Truth and Reconciliation”, asking speakers to share what they have learned about the Action of Reconciliation through their own journey, case studies and successes and barriers encountered along the way. We believe that the path to reconciliation must always be grounded in the truth before we advance to reconciliation and along the path, intent and implementation may differ. These are the stories we have invited our speakers to share with us this season.
Terrance will be speaking to the development of Ghost Days; a project which he started with his family based on their experiences within residential school and their life after. Alongside the Blackfoot & Ojibway stories he grew up with, Terrance collaborates with Indigenous and Non-indigenous Artists, Musicians, Writers, Performers and Elders to make art for spirit.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and raised on the Great Plains of North America, Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a proud member of the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe).
Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has travelled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing and native ceremonies. Houle makes use of performance, photography, video and film, music, and painting in his work. Likewise, Houle's practice includes various tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage. Houle graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2003 with a BFA Major in Fibre. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities. Houle's work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK, and Europe.