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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.

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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.


What's happening

  • Canada 150+ Student Award — The Experience

    Celebrating resiliency in the year of Canada 150+
    Award: $2,700
    Deadline: Jan. 12, 2018

    In the midst of the Canada 150+ anniversary, British Columbia, especially the Interior region, experienced profound losses due to wildfires. This experience is an opportunity to connect with TRU regional communities and record the stories of loss, resiliency, hope and recovery. This truly Canadian experience includes the creation of a permanent display to record stories from our TRU campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, as well as at our regional centres in 100 Mile House, Clearwater, Barriere, Ashcroft and Lillooet.

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  • Canada 150+ at Open Learning: Reflections on our past, aspirations for our future

    As we near the end of Canada's 150th year, we've been reflecting at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) about what it means to be Canadian, what it has meant to the Indigenous peoples who have lived in Canada, and what we hope the future Canada will look like. TRU believes that education should be accessible for a broad diversity of people (regardless of race, gender, ability, orientation, status, location, religion, creed, age, ancestry or previous history of education). We recognize that Canada has work to do and must acknowledge the past, but we must have optimism and dedication to making our future better.

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  • Canada 150+ and EAL Awareness Week in one

    Nov. 8, 2017

    On October 30, faculty and students from the English as a Second Language (ESL) department invited guests to an event that both kicked off English as an Additional Language (EAL) Awareness week and celebrated Canada 150+.

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  • What do you want Canada to look like in 50 years?

    We asked this question on the Canada Day weekend at Riverside Park.

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  • Celebrating graduation on Canada’s tallest peak

    Five grads did the best thing you can do with any class assignment. They used it as the inspiration for a trip of a lifetime.

    Read About It


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.

For more information about Canada 150


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