Culture, Coffee & Cookies Heirlooms Chews On Colonial Present

By April 5, 2015Arts, Arts/Culture

The popular Culture, Coffee & Cookies (C3) mornings at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, 32388 Veterans Way, will in April have you dig out your heirlooms, and have you chew on the Colonial Present.   
The Reach’s weekly C3’s, designed to stimulate and provide engaging learning opportunities for people of all ages in a social coffee-style setting, will jump into history on April 7, 2015 at 10:30am with Kris Foulds on Caring for your Family Heirlooms.
“We are all curators of the belongings in our homes, responsible for protecting treasured art and heirlooms,” explains Kris Foulds, Collections Manager (as in the old stuff) at The Reach. “In my heirlooms workshop, I will share tips and simple care suggestions that will help minimize deterioration and damage to your treasured family keepsakes. This will allow you to enjoy them today, while protecting them for the future.”
On April 14 at 10:30am, BC author Kerry Coast presents The Colonial Present with a focus on modern situations following Canada’s policy to remove Indigenous children to church-run schools. The Canadian attempt to ‘kill the Indian in the child’ had staggering social and political impacts on Indigenous nations. Following their recent visit to BC, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, identified this ‘culture of dehumanization’ fostered by the schools, as continuing to present a threat to peace and reconciliation today.

Morian Perepelitza

Morian Perepelitza

On the heels of the Colonial presentation, educator and history buff, Morian Perepelitza, will on April 21 at 10:30am, lead a Tour of Reach Exhibition100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System in Canada. This visual story raises awareness and teaches the history and legacy of residential schools. It sensitizes and educates all Canadians including Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal and new immigrants while challenging stereotypes. It contributes to shifting opinions that foster inquiry, dialogue, and action; it guides people towards understanding and eventually, into action that has the potential to initiate reconciliation.
Capping off the month on April 28 at 10:30am is a morning on the work and initiatives of MCC (Mennonite Central Committee).
The Culture, Coffee & Cookies on Tuesdays at 10:30am at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way, are free with pre-registration by phone: 604 864 8087 (dial “O”) or online at and click the link to register.

About The Reach
The Reach is a registered charity and “Class A” facility in the Fraser Valley that is operated by a small staff team with the assistance of a Board of Directors and 100+ fabulous volunteers. With your support, we will continue to develop and present the best in the visual arts by local to international artists, preserve and share the stories of our rich and diverse cultural heritage, provide engaging multidisciplinary public programming for all ages and offer FREE admission to exhibitions and a wide range of other cultural events


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