Exploring the Dreams of Young Canadians

The Dream Catchers is an initiative of Confederation Centre of the Arts, supported by Canada 150. The project has a number of stages: 

  1. Gathering the hopes for the future from young Canadians, and giving them a means of expression through our website.
  2. Exploring these hopes through workshops for young Canadians that connect them to their dreams and use art and drama to discuss big and small issues, like the environment, bullying and stories in Canada’s past.
  3. Creating a theatrical show full of music, dance and stories inspired by these hopes that will be presented across Canada.
  4. Creating a giant national dream catcher that is made up of smaller dream catchers made by young Canadians from each province and territory, that will be publicly displayed at Confederation Centre of the Arts.  
  5. Helping Canada’s youth take their wildest dreams and imagine what the world could be.

...we understand that the dream catcher does not come from our culture but it does represent fundamental teachings around our belief systems and our ways of being. The basic belief that dreams and visions are a way of keeping us connected to the spirit and to the Ancestors, our source of strength and inspiration. In addition, we recognize that we are all connected and entwined together through relationships to one another, to the Earth and to all of creation. 

Please allow all of our children to dream and give them the capacity and the fortitude to follow their dreams and to remember that all their dreams, both individually and collectively have the power to make this nation a much better place for all.

-Jane E. Meader, Elder & Teacher, Membertou First Nation 

Confederation Centre of the Arts

Our Mandate
Inspire Canadians, through heritage and the arts, to celebrate the origins and evolution of Canada as a nation.
Our Vision
A leading Canadian cultural centre that inspires creativity, dialogue, and collaboration. Celebrate Canada; Embrace the Arts!

The massive complex in the heart of Charlottetown might seem a tiny bit intimidating on first glance – imposing architecture, a full city block, four large sandstone cubes. But once you’ve stepped onto the property of Confederation Centre of the Arts, you soon sense the people-friendly atmosphere that permeates this cultural centre that is officially Canada’s memorial to the founding fathers. Visitors enjoy ice cream and a live brass quintet, families crowd into the amphitheatre for a rousing (and free) noontime show by a cast of young “triple threats,” and culture buffs study public works of art. 

Venture inside and the fun continues. Newly opened in 2015 is “The Story of Confederation,” a startlingly realistic replica (also free) of the original Confederation Chamber, where the 1864 Charlottetown Conference discussions led to the creation of a country. The original chamber in Province House next door is currently closed for conservation work, but the first-rate film and interpretation provide a full and entertaining explanation of nation-building, Canadian style. For more on Confederation, visitors take in a vignette or walking tour with the Confederation Players, easily recognized by their warm wool suits and charming gowns – really the only folks around town wearing top hats and carrying fluttering fans. 

Stepping across the pavilion and into Confederation Centre Art Gallery, you find yourself in a completely new setting, surrounded by exhibitions of contemporary, modern and historic Canadian works of art. The exhibits extend from the four upstairs galleries into the lower concourse of the complex, and the classic Brutalist-style architecture of the 1964 building protects the treasure trove of culture within, but a pleasant surprise in the partly underground hallways is the beautiful light-filled, marble-clad space called Memorial Hall, where the founding of Canada is officially commemorated. 

It’s not possible to leave Confederation Centre without taking in some live theatre. The Charlottetown Festival is noted for its first-class Canadian musicals, most famously for Guinness-record setting Anne of Green Gables-The Musical™, in 2017 running along side the East Coast premiere of Million Dollar Quartet; world premiere of A Misfortune; and the return of Bittergirl: The Musical and Glenda's Kitchen.

Canada 150

Canada 150 was launched to sustain Canadians' sense of pride and belonging, to support Canada`s vibrant communities, and to create economic benefits and lasting legacies. This initiative seeks to engage Canadians from all sectors of society in celebrating an important milestone in the history of our country through projects put forward by Canadians and their communities for the benefit of all. Canada 150 is a unique opportunity to build an inclusive vision of Canadian identity that celebrates diversity.

The Canada 150 Federal Secretariat was instituted to support the Minister of Canadian Heritage in the implementation of Canada 150. 

The Canada 150 Federal Secretariat is responsible for coordinating and overseeing Canada 150 activities within the Government of Canada, and for engaging provincial, territorial and municipal governments, as well as the private and not-for-profit sectors to create a synergy propelling Canada 150 activities in every corner of the country and all spheres of the society. A governance network will communicate information, identify partnership opportunities and support the decision-making of this whole-of-government initiative.