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ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

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  1. Sawatis says:

    Whether in terms of land (the Treaties), blood (the Wars), sweat (the fur trade and other economies), or tears (the residential schools and the relocations), Aboriginal peoples have contributed mightily to the historic development and continuing prosperity of this country.You need Native experts speaking on Native issues and other matters in Canadian history generally. How refreshing that would be.

  2. Brenda Gould says:

    I would use the Aboriginal Communities perspective as they have lived here since the beginning of time. I would use this opportunity to retell the history of Canada the way it ought to be told; as ugly as it might be the truth needs to be told once and for all or racism and negative stereotypes will persist. Canada needs to own up to what it has done and continues to do to Aboriginal peoples.

  3. Angela says:

    Exhibits and information on Aboriginal communities should all be developed in consultation with these communities, or even better, such work should be led by community representatives. These exhibits should not be developed by the Canadian government, or based on random recommendations from visitors on the internet.

  4. ann stevenson says:

    Educating Canadians about the history of indigenous communities (by the communities themselves) in Canada is fundamental to understanding how Canada was founded and why social justice is still a major issue, so that we can all understand the challenges faced by these communities today.

  5. Eliza says:

    First Nations need to be in the foreground of any museum claiming to convey Canada’s past. This country had a long and engaging history before others started to write about it. These narratives need to be presented for their own sake, not just for how they influenced formative national events.

  6. Tracy Wakegijig Lawlor says:

    This museum should reflect the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation committee and educate Canadians about assimilation policies and the Residential School System

  7. Mindy says:

    I am appalled that your ‘history’ begins with the founding of Quebec City. My Canada’s history does not start in the early 1600s. The museum MUST cover aboriginal history, that is Canada’ history. My history. Also, it is sad to see that most of our historical events posted on your ‘timeline’ involve wars. That is not how I want my country to be represented to visitors. If people want to see our militaristic past, they can go to the war museum.

  8. Gabriel says:

    The onset of European colonization represents a very tiny fraction of Canada’s living heritage—515 years out of a total of 13,000+. Do we want our national museum to become a symbol of the subordination of Indigenous peoples by rebranding with a narrow-minded, exclusionary focus on “[euro]Canadian history”?

    The fact that this is being proposed at all demonstrates that the general public is not adequately informed about the significance of Aboriginal heritage in this country.

  9. David Finch says:

    This country had two founding cultures, Aboriginal and European. Let’s not diminish that relationship. Put Aboriginal culture and history front and centre, and don’t be afraid to tell of our stumbles as well as out successes.

  10. ashley says:

    Do not make Aboriginal perspectives an afterthought. Make them a priority.

  11. Elspeth says:

    Canadians need to be more informed about the culture and history of our country’s aboriginal peoples.

  12. Ainslie says:

    The land that would eventually become Canada has been occupied for thousands of years by the ancestors of today’s Aboriginal communities, this is a major part of Canadian history and as such deserves to be told from this perspective.

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