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 there was more ice in the ocean and that we could stand on it.

Maxx in Richmond, BC

No pollution!


I wish there were more fish in the ocean and a fish generator at the bottom.


I wish for the ocean to have more animals

Kingston & Sophia in BC

I wish there were more fish in the ocean, and more dolphins!


I hope that the ocean is always full of animals!

Owen in Richmond, BC

My wish for Canada in the next 150 years is to enforce laws on saving resources and in particular, water. Canada has such rich water resources and we should appreciate our geographical advantage instead of taking it for granted. I hope that Canadian education can start including some of the fundamental concepts of nature, water, and human interactions. Teaching the younger generation on this concept is important. I would like to see fewer people wasting the water and resource we have and rather just take moment, go out in nature and think: "what if one day all these resources no longer exist?"; Mother Nature gave birth to us, yet we are destroying it. I hope the awareness of water and resources can be spread among Canadian citizens in the next 150 years.

Rebecca Jin in Burnaby

I wish Canada is able to maintain the ecological diversity it currently has and to be able to be known as a nonpoluted country with great living conditions

Lilian L in Burnaby, British Columbia

My wish for Canada in the next 150 years is to decrease the amount of water we use. Decreasing our water usage help make it last longer for future generations.

Ehelsan in Edmonton, Alberta

My wish for Canada in its next 150 years is to have all Canadians be aware of the negative impacts of our actions on other nations, wildlife, and the environment. I wish we can take the time to reflect on our own actions instead of judging other's because that is when personal growth occurs individually and collectively.

Jolene in Edmonton

In the next 150 years, I hope that all Canadians will become aware of the impact of ocean pollution on not only marine life, but on Canada also. I wish that we work together as a country to minimize the waste we create and take more responsibility in our actions.

Kallie Huynh in Edmonton

Try to have more strict rules with people hunting, people who do poaching. Also for Mental Health some people can't afford the pills, medicine or treatment ; so they should be cheaper. For trees, we should take less and grow more since it takes years for the trees to grow.

Cielo in Edmonton, Alberta

My wish is that Canada will find ways to have and use clean energy more than the oil and gases that we are using now.

Sberih in Edmonton, Alberta

I wish that canada will use less water since it is a limited resource, and that everyone could have access to clean water.

Israa Abougoush in Edmonton, Alberta

My wish is to have cleaner water. Water is a supply we need in order to live. We need to somehow reduce the contamination of water in one way or another.

Anonymous in Edmonton, Alberta

That Canada starts actually listening to indigenous communities and the public. WE DON'T WANT PIPELINES! I wish that the government would respect it's promises instead of saying its going to respect indigenous communities and then approving pipelines through their land even though they say that they don't want them. I wish that Canada will stop any and all production and extraction of oil and support clean energy not dirty fossil fuels.

Paul Demke in Ottawa

Water is a limited resource- once it gets contaminated, it is unusable unless it's filtered through an expensive process. We all must decrease how much we use water, to protect Earth and for the sustainable future

Anonymous in Edmonton, Alberta

We all must decrease meat consumption, especially beef, to lower the emission of methane and carbon dioxide.

Anonymous in Edmonton, Alberta

Water is a basic human right- clean water must be provided to all Canadians

Anonymous in Edmonton, Alberta

My wish is that Canada can find a balance between economic growth and environmental sustainability, and that we can move towards a healthy future.

Anonymous in Edmonton, Alberta

I wish for Canada to become a leader in reducing global emissions, and encouraging world leaders to reduce emissions within their own countries. I wish to lead by example, as I believe that you must first change yourself before you try to change others. Education is key to bringing global emissions down, providing education and promoting education about the environment will help better the world in terms of its health and longevity.

Amanda To in Kamloops, British Columbia

My wish is that in 150 years all Canadians are able to depend solely on renewable, or at least clean energy sources, no matter how isolated their community may be. By this time, I hope the government is encouraging to the point where they're even willing to help people switch, and that society is more open-minded accepting to these alternative forms of energy.

Melissa in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

My wish for Canada as a society is to focus more on global citizenship, particularly in issues regarding climate change. Canada has the resources to implement greener technologies and incentives as well as more environmentally conscious policies in legislation, yet this progress is not occurring fast enough. Increased environmental education, awareness on environmental conservation, and a deeper sense of appreciation and concern for our natural surroundings is paramount. As Canadians, I believe we are capable of fostering a greater sense of global citizenship and serving as positive examples for all of humanity.

Branda Le in Yellowknife, NT



I wish there was clean water for ALL Canadians.

Anonymous in Ottawa, 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
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)
Dartmouth, NS
MacPhee Centre December 14, 2017
Iqaluit, NU
Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum December 2017
Past Events
Halifax, NS
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia September 25 - October 1, 2017
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