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ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

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  1. jean says:

    Telling the story of Canada from the perspective of the first inhabitants would be a very unique and very interesting exercise.

  2. Scott J Burke says:

    The contributions of the First Nations people across the country are essential in any Canadian history discussion.

  3. mgould says:

    I hope you are not changing or removing the First People’s exhibit. I have travelled to Ottawa from Buffalo NY several times to see that exhibit. It is such an impressive collection and it rivals the Smithsonian Native American Museum and the Native American collection in the Field Museum in Chicago.

  4. Kandice Baptiste says:

    There were rich nations full of history, culture, tradition and language before contact so history should start with them. Aboriginal people across Canada helped settlers navigate this land and survive to allow the Europeans to settle here. Beyond that Aboriginal communities helped fight to keep Canada safe, whether that be in the War of 1812/American Revolution or any European conflict war as well.Aboriginal history is Canada history then and now.

  5. Kelly Geltmeier says:

    I am greatly saddened to see once again the white-wash of history as told by European colonization perspective. The history of Canada is shaped by the event prior to colonization and through the colonization of the indigenous people of Kanada. It is through these stories and their proper and rightful place in this museum that future generations can learn what has been done and change the way we interact with each other.

  6. Karen Prentice says:

    I want to hear more about the Aboriginal perspective because we don’t hear about this enough and I think many Canadians are racist towards our own Aboriginal people in this country. We need to learn more about the history of our country from this perspective to enlighten people and open their eyes.

  7. r m says:

    starting from a perspective of the first peoples
    can provide an honestly which is normally
    missing .

  8. Tracey says:

    Please consider plays/theatre/musical events based on aboriginal experiences. Thank you.

  9. Anne Thornton says:

    Considering that the First Nations have occupied what we now consider to be Canada for at least the last twelve thousand years (or possibly as long as 25-35,000 years), I believe they have more than earned the right to have a major representation in any national museum. Renaming the institution as the Museum of “History” suggests strongly that the written records of European and Euro-descendent elite will be the focus, leaving far more than First Nations under-represented.

  10. Kim and David Maracle says:

    Kanada…is First Nations, meaning first peoples of Kanada, The Village…so we believe the perspective should be from the First Nations communities…For that is what Kanada was originally known for…First Nations, Metis, Inuit

  11. Sherry Farrell Racette says:

    The Museum has the largest collection of Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Metis art and material culture in the world (not surprisingly). They have a legal and moral responsibility to exhibit this material and develop new exhibitions. We are not the only perspective, but we are essential and must have a presence throughout history, not just waving hello to Jacques Cartier or trading furs with the HBC.

  12. Roland Bohr says:

    The Indigenous peoples of North America are the founders of civilization on this continent. Their cultures and values comprise a most significant portion of the narrative of “national history” in both, Canada and the United States. However, Indigenous communities and individuals and their perspectives continue to be marginalized in both countries. The reorganization of the Canadian Museum of Civilization poses an opportunity to show leadership to implement and emphasize Indigenous voices.

  13. Louis Bertrand says:

    First Peoples have a lot to tell us Euro-Canadians about the land we are currently exploiting to destruction. If we can learn to respect the land as they do, we can shift our value system from exploitive (land as resources) to sustainable (land as our home).

  14. Melanie Wiber says:

    There is so much the Canadian First Nations contributed to the building of this nation – where else would their story be told so that all Canadians can understand their contributions?

  15. MEGHAN says:

    There is no way to tell Canadian history without including Aboriginal perspectives. This is a critical part of our history that all Canadians should be well aware of.

  16. ana says:

    It is imperative that the Indigenous peoples perspectives lead discussion and critical analysis of the history of this territory.

  17. pierre beaulieu-blais says:

    métis

  18. Erica Riley says:

    If you are determined to include multiple perspectives then it is integral to include the authentic voices of these perspectives. This is a wonderful opportunity to do things right and work together or just repeat the past. Nia:wen

  19. Erica Riley says:

    I was unsurprised and saddened to see that your timeline not only begins in 1670 with the Hudson Bay Company but the subsequent events chronologized were from a European perspective. My history on this land is from time immemorial. These comments should not be seen as suggestions but rather demands if you are going to title this project a history of Canada; otherwise it is simply a history of colonization of this land.

  20. Eve Richardson says:

    How could you properly tell Canada’s history and NOT include the aboriginal perspective?? This is absolutely essential and I would be deeply ashamed of a museum that purported to present Canada’s story without aboriginal involvement and a thorough presentation of aboriginal culture and experience as seen from their perspective. To do otherwise would be dishonest.

We travelled across Canada with stops in the cities listed below. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas with us during our kiosk activities and our roundtable discussions.

Province City Date Venue
British Columbia Vancouver November 9 Vancouver Public Library
British Columbia Vancouver November 10 Vancouver Flea Market
Newfoundland St. John's November 20 Memorial University of Newfoundland
Newfoundland St. John's November 20 Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents
Nova Scotia Halifax November 21 Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Nova Scotia Halifax November 22 Halifax Stanfield International Airport
New Brunswick Fredericton November 23 Crowne Plaza Fredericton Lord Beaverbrook Hotel
Alberta Edmonton December 4 Prince of Wales Armouries
Alberta Edmonton December 5 University of Alberta
Ontario Toronto December 11 Toronto Reference Library
Ontario Toronto December 12 Centennial College
Saskatchewan Saskatoon January 15 Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Saskatoon January 16 The Mall at Lawson Heights
Quebec Montréal January 24 Promenades Cathédrale
Quebec Montréal January 24 Salon Cartier 1, Centre Mont-Royal
Quebec Gatineau January 31 Canadian Museum of Civilization