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The 215 exhibit

Now until December 5
New Westminster Museum Galleries (Gallery 7), Anvil Centre
By appointment only

Johnny Bandura is a Coast Salish artist who has created a series of 215 portraits that were inspired by his own family. His paternal Grandmother, Marie, was born in New Westminster and as a very young girl, she was taken from her home and family and sent to the Kamloops Indian Residential School in the 1930s. In May 2021, when the news reported that the skeletal remains of 215 children were discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School, Johnny recognized that many of these lost 215 children could well have been his grandmother’s classmates and friends and he felt a very strong need to do something to honour these children. He created an exhibit to show what they could have become.

Visitors can visit the New Westminster Museum on a timed-entry basis to see The 215. All visitors must pre-book a ticket online at booking.nwmuseumarchives.com. To maintain visitor and staff safety, only six people per bubble can enter every 20 minutes. The museum follows COVID protocols as laid out through Provincial Health Orders with information on the Anvil Centre website at anvilcentre.com.

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