Canada 150+ Logo

About Canada 150+

Canada is marking its 150th anniversary. This is a time to reflect on the past and look to our future. As a part of this nation and this community, TRU is participating in this notable milestone. Events are planned across the country, including in our campus communities of Kamloops and Williams Lake. We are joining in and we want you to, too.

If you were asked the question, “What does Canada mean to you?”, how would you respond? Just use the hashtag #myTRU150 and we’ll share your photos, comments and social media posts on this website.

Canada 150 Video Thumbnail

What does Canada mean to you?

Why Canada 150+?

TRU’s Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses are located on the traditional lands of the Secwépemc people, including the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and T’exelc Bands. We want to honour the fact that their history here goes back thousands of years. Indigenous people are an important part of our past, present and future and we feel it is important to acknowledge this.

On July 1 and beyond, TRU is commemorating this important national milestone with activities, information and fun involvement opportunities within the theme of Canada 150+ at TRU: Reflection and Aspiration.

Canada 150+ exhibit showcases meaningful creativity

Twenty-five submissions to the Canada 150+ exhibit were celebrated and studied by curious gallery goers Nov 9-17.

The Canada 150+ exhibit showcased creative works by TRU students, faculty and staff responding to the question “What does Canada mean to you,” through various media and reflecting a mosaic of perspectives, backgrounds, reflections and aspirations.

The jury included a visual arts faculty member, a member of the Aboriginal community and a representative of TRU’s marketing and communications department worked together to bring special recognition to five pieces.

Those winners were: $750 Debra Kessler | $500 Susan Miller | $500 Carol Schlosar | $500 Kieran Muller | $500 Marisa Drayton

Special thanks to Doug Buis, the Visual Arts faculty member who created the artwork featured on exhibit promotional material, encouraged Visual Arts students to submit, worked closely with Marketing and Communications to prepare for the event, and put the exhibit together. His commitment to students, deep knowledge of and mastery in the creation of art, and willingness to go above and beyond made a big undertaking a lot of fun.


Join us!

  • What does Canada mean to you?

    Saturday, Oct. 28
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Room OM 1562

    Learn about portraiture, monoprint techniques, and other image making processes in a workshop led by Visual Arts faculty members Amanda Forrest-Chan and Andrew Testa. Bring artworks you are currently exploring or begin something new as you ponder what Canada means to you. Basic supplies, space and guidance will be provided. At the conclusion of the workshop, learn how to document your creations with assistance from Amanda and Andrew and use these images to apply to the Canada 150+ exhibition.

    If you have any questions please email either Amanda or Andrew.

September to March

Each TRU faculty department, Open Learning and Williams Lake, receives $2,700 to commemorate Canada 150+. Students will be awarded the funds to document experiences that bring to life what Canada 150+ is about. Their truly Canadian experiences will be posted to the website and personally presented to the TRU community in March 2018.


The permanent legacy of Canada 150+ will include the installation of a time capsule containing mementos from Canada 150+ at the Kamloops campus and the permanent display of local Aboriginal art at the Williams Lake campus.

What does Canada mean to you?

Tell us on instagram @ #myTRU150

For more information about Canada 150


805 TRU Way Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8 Canada