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The Ones We Met – Inuit Traditional Knowledge and the Franklin Expedition

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A TRAVELLING EXHIBITION DEVELOPED BY THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE INUIT HERITAGE TRUST

This exhibition explores the importance of Qaujimajatuqangit — Inuit traditional knowledge  — which made it possible to determine the fate of the Franklin Expedition, which had set out in 1845 to complete a Northwest Passage. For generations, Inuit shared memories of meetings with sick and starving men, as well as visits to an abandoned ship locked in the ice.

These oral histories, combined with modern archaeological research, proved instrumental in the eventual location of the wrecks of Franklin’s ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.

Where is this exhibition travelling?

Location Dates
Sam Waller Museum, The Pas (MB) September 3, 2022 – November 27, 2022
Museums of Mississauga, Mississauga (ON) January 19, 2023 – April 16, 2023
Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie (MB) May 13, 2023 – September 10, 2023
Alberni Valley Museum, Port Alberni (BC) February 8, 2024 – May 11, 2024
Swift Current Museum, Swift Current (SK) July 2, 2024 – September 22, 2024

Image:
Watercolour illustration by Inuit artist Heather Campbell of Nunatsiavut (Labrador).

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