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How would you deal with the idea of objectivity in the Museum? Who should be telling our story?

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  1. Tim Morin says:

    The person telling the story should be an expert. Someone objective, who can give analysis from all aspects of whatever event they are describing. I do not want politically motivated or biased interpretations. I want to hear something that is balanced and clear.

  2. Quinn says:

    Canada’s history should be told by the people who shaped, and made this country, and continue to do so. These are Canadians themselves, whether we be First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Polish, German, Ukrainian, or British or any other host of people who were born here, came here, raised families here or not, and continue to do so today.

  3. bet says:

    History is written by men. There is no objectivity. Include women in all aspects of planning as well as project creation.
    Do the count, How many women are included in your version of history? What were their stories, accomplishments, their voices? Women are invisible in most versions of history.

  4. Phil says:

    Canada’s history should be told in much the same way as this website allows. There should be more active and egalitarian participation in the development of exhibits for the museum.

  5. TCC says:

    It would be very interesting to see the story of Canada told by different aboriginal groups from all over north, east, west and central Canada. This side of our history is not told enough. A eurocentric telling of our history is extremely overdone. This land was inhabited by the Aboriginals way before Europeans and should therefore be the main speakers of our history.

  6. Meriza says:

    Canada’s history should be told from the beginning, from the perspectives of indigenous communities who were established on this land long before it was taken over by European settlers. Indigenous people should be owning this story, as primary narrators, before we hear from other perspectives.

  7. Tony says:

    Our understanding of the past is compelling when we see that we must judge between competing narratives. Instead of serving up an “objective” version of the past “as it really happened,” (beware of such claims) the curator shows artefacts & helps the visitor understand that different people at different times have told this story differently. Museums must engage visitors in the critical thinking that citizens need: look for evidence, identify bias & analyse different interpretations.

  8. Jill Courtemanche says:

    It is hard to avoid telling one’s history coloured by the lens of current mores and thought. Hence the difficulty in judging the views of Charlotte Whitton, (local example) now viewed as anti-semetic by today’s standards. That’s why we should let the artifacts, documents and quotes speak for themselves. This would be a far cry from the outlandish propaganda displayed in the recent re-telling of the war of 1812 vignettes. Otherwise we will never learn from our past to move forward.

  9. susan prior says:

    It isn’t a story 9Fiction) it is history and should be told with facts from the past. Whatever happened to using materials and quotes and documents from the archives. I don’t want a spin I want to see the data/ maps/ artifacts and be taught how to interpret them myself form my point of view. I don’t need to have the current French/English/ native/immigrant slant. Show me what was said by all those groups and let me judge the outcome on those merits.

  10. Kimberly Demers says:

    Objectivity is a myth. Perspective and experience always shape our views. We can acknowledge difference and promote them equally. In consensus and discussion.

  11. naomie says:

    this is a canadian museum. lets have a canadian perspective. forget objectivity. there is no objectivity in history. we will always be influenced by whomever is telling the story. create a conversation instead about perspective and how it influences our history.

  12. sarah says:

    Not sure exactly how to deal with the idea of objectivity in the museum – can a museum ever truly be objective? I don’t think objectivity is the way to go, actually. I think being subjective, and making it clear who is speaking, can be more illuminating and accessible sometimes.

  13. Roger says:

    My parents, when I visit museums, always explain to me what I am visiting, what I am learning. I think my dad is really good at telling stories about famous Canadians.

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