Wishes Across Canada

What is your wish for Canada in its next 150 years?

From national hope to a local focus, this is your opportunity to add your voice and imagination to a growing conversation. Share the changes that will build on our success to improve our communities and country.

#Wish150 is open to all during 2017. At the end of the year and throughout the year during our exhibition events, your wishes will be shared with the federal government, community organizations, fellow Canadians and citizens of the world.

Open access and an analysis of your wishes is vital in shaping and unlocking a prosperous future for all of our communities.

Latest Wishes

I wish Canada to continue being a diverse country, and to always welcome new cultures. I hope Canada continues to work on First Nations people's rights, and every Canadian will be equal.

Paulina yus in Burnaby, British Columbia

My wish for Canada is that Canadians would see past the colour of other peoples skins.

Charliza in Calgary

My wish for Canada is for greater emphasis on indigenous rights.

Dory in Calgary

My wish for Canada is to recognize (decolonize our minds and recognize what is "Canadian Culture") indigenous communities for what they have really done as our first nations, as well as to reconcile the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.

Robyn Cabunoc-Boettcher in Calgary

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Anonymous in Winnipeg, Manitoba

My wish is for the Truth and Reconciliation Committee to be successful in its aim to bring justice to all the victims of Residential Schools and their families/descendants who have suffered because of this country's history of neglecting the indigenous peoples who welcomed us here just over 150 years ago today.

Darlene Braz in Toronto

genuine appreciation and recognition of aborigional gifts, land and dignity. Clean access to water

PEG in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

I wish for Canada to follow up with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Amanda Shore in Halifax, Nova Scotia

La tolérance pour tous et l'inclusion. La reconnaissance des autochtones.

Dominique in Ottawa, Ontario

A true meaningful acknowledgement of the original peoples of this land (Turtle Island).

Anonymous in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Aboriginal Holiday every year on Aboriginal Day.

Anonymous in Halifax, Nova Scotia

I wish for acknowledgement of Canada's indigenous people.

Maxie in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Equal opportunities for all Canadians especially Aboriginal peoples.

Anonymous in Toronto, Ontario

That we continue our commitment to human rights and recommit to honouring any unhonoured treaties with our First Nations.

Anonymous in Toronto, Ontario

To foster better relationships with our First Nations and Inuit peoples

Anonymous in Toronto, Ontario

I wish Canada reconciliation with the 1st Nations and aboriginal peoples and preservation of the natural resources

Anonymous in Scarborough, Ontario

My wish for all people of this land… to have clean water, fresh food, decent homes and access to health care (physical, mental and spiritual).

Anonymous in Halifax, Nova Scotia

For the future in Canada I would like to see more respect and justice for woman of Aboriginal decent

Star in Halifax, Nova Scotia

I wish the Canadian government, Aboriginal communities and Canadians coast to coast can unite and find solutions for the numerous issues plaguing these communities. Clean water, shelter, a home: RIGHTS

Bianca in Halifax, Nova Scotia

More indigenous issues solved and equality for all

Jamie in Halifax, Nova Scotia

That land acknowledgements be officially enforced during events to educate everyone about Indigenous communities.

Non-indigenous person in Toronto, Ontario

I wish for clean water for all indigenous people in Canada!

Jim

We need a better understanding of first nations culture in Canadian history through education (social studies/ history) because we see a lot from a European point of view; -more in school presentations raising mental awareness; -finding a new industry to help our economy; -lessen costs on post secondary (student debts!); it costs so much and so many students are paying back debts years after post secondary; -maybe a day for high school students to talk politics with high schools other then their own (increase the dialogue between high schools and neighbourhoods); gender equality.

Tiara Henry in Calgary

MY WISH FOR CANADA concerns the indigenous people. It makes me sad to see how the indigenous complains so much. Being the founders of CANADA I wish they would stop asking what the country can do for them but ask what they can do more for themselves and for the country. They have a lot to share. They have received so much money from the government. Why did they not use this money at their advantage by building schools, hospitals, do whatever they can to become self sufficient.... Booze and drugs have destroyed so many people on the reserves. Why haven't they modernized their treaties, according to the other people around them?. Why do they impose themselves instead of abiding by laws. I really wish they would see what the government has done for them than concentrating on their hurts and frustration.

MME ANITA DESILETS in Ottawa, Ontario

Hello, Bonjour, Tánishi, Tansi, Qanuipit: Health Care of my Métis Nation, the Métis people of our "Historic Métis Nation Homeland" is my hope. Métis Nation given access to all programs and benefits that are available to First Nations and Inuit people. I wish my Métis Nation, all Indigenous peoples especially Elders and seniors to have an equal opportunity for a better and healthier life. Métis Nation, all Indigenous peoples to receive full healthcare coverage, vision, dental, physical and psychological health care, both insured and uninsured coverage. A healthy people gives rise to a healthier environment, community and nation. Thank you, merci beaucoup, marsé (Michif), têniki, qujannamiik. "As we paddle forward together, our voyage to our highest potential is only as fast as the last canoe." Author, John Delbert Hamilton, Citizen, Métis Nation of Ontario.

John Delbert Hamilton in Pembroke, Ontario

#Wish150 Events

Upcoming Events
St John's, NL
The Rooms July 12 - August 15, 2017
Whitehorse, YK
Yukon Art Centre August 4 - 26, 2017
Moncton, NB
Centre Aberdeen September 1-30, 2017
Montreal, QC
Galerie Mile End September 24 - October 8, 2017
Halifax, NS
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia September 25 - October 1, 2017
Yellowknife, NT
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre September 2017 - February 2018
Edmonton, AB
Latitude 53 October 17-24, 2017
Charlottetown, PE
Confederation Centre for the Arts October 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed)
Iqaluit, NU
Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum December 2017
Past Events
Vancouver, BC
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre July 31 - August 5, 2017
Saskatoon, SK
Paved Arts July 1-22, 2017
Toronto, ON
Artscape Youngplace March 31, 2017
Montreal, QC
McCord Museum October 25, 2016
Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg Art Gallery October 1, 2016 - March 1, 2017