Life Stories


Family, St. Joseph's Oratory Tour Sign

Nina Raginsky

Family, St. Joseph's Oratory Tour Sign (1968)


But to look back from the stony plain along the road which led one to that place is not at all the same thing as walking on the road; the perspective . . . changes only with the journey; only when the road has . . . turned or dropped or risen is one able to see all that one could not have seen from any other place.

James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain

A Note from the Curators:

The diversity of Life Stories is necessarily shaped by the scope of the University of Victoria art collections. We invite visitors to view the exhibition objects on display in conjunction with other aspects such as the four short films: Life Stories Conversations. These films allow us to bring in more diverse perspectives that were not possible to capture through the objects available to us. The filmed conversations explore topics such as complexities of identities and ages, societal factors, and the diversity of life experiences.

We sought to engage a diversity of experiences and perspectives through multiple installations, including the Interactive Guest Book; 'Related Repose' by artist Elly Heise in The Bed Room; and the Anthropology of Sound student soundscapes, which were projected onto the exterior of the Legacy Gallery at night. Moreover, while every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information for the objects on display, and to embrace best practices for decolonization, we invite feedback from visitors to this site to support the continuous process of updating, modernizing, and decolonizing our sources of information. Additional University of Victoria resources include:

Transgender Archives

  • The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is committed to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of trans, nonbinary, Two-Spirit, and other gender-diverse people.

Office of Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement (IACE)

  • IACE's main responsibility is supporting Indigenous students, but the office has taken on many other roles as well. Current roles include managing the First Peoples House, building and supporting Indigenous partnerships, and ensuring that Indigenous content and ways of knowing are included in UVic curriculum and events.

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