Dear Canoo Members,
During the sunny month of July, many of us will have a chance to learn about Canada’s history and reflect on what it means to be Canadian.
Indigenous Peoples have occupied Turtle Island for thousands of years, long before Europeans first arrived in the 11th century. July 1st marks the day the Constitution Act was signed in 1867, and was later known as “Dominion Day” to signify the creation of the Dominion of Canada – a part of the British Empire. However, July 1, 1867 is not the beginning of our history, and we must remember the events that led up to the creation of Canada and their impacts on the Indigenous Peoples that originally inhabited this land. As Canada Day approaches, I wanted to share with you exhibits and opportunities to learn more about our history. Whether it’s through art exhibits, National Historic Sites, performances, or storytelling, I hope you take the time this month to explore the diverse cultures of Canada.
Please continue to wear your masks and remain socially distanced, and check your region’s guidelines and regulations. In regions of the country where it is still safe to visit venues, please follow all health guidelines that the venue has in place. Although we are updating the Canoo app, please always check the website of the venue or call ahead to find out about safety protocols and/or temporary closures in advance of visiting.
Thank you, merci and chi miigwetch!
Hiba, Membership Experience Specialist
Check out the collections of these museums for free online or in person, and be sure to check with the venue before visiting:
Indigenous Cultures at the McCord Museum
The McCord Museum’s Indigenous Cultures collection is composed of over 16,000 archaeological and historic artefacts from nearly 12,000 years of history. The great diversity and complexity of Indigenous cultures is reflected in featured cultural objects of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, primarily from Canada.
Nuliajuk’s Story at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
One of the most famous of oral storytelling traditions relates to the sea spirit known by different regions throughout the Canadian North as Nuliajuk, Taleelayuk, Takannaaluk, Arnajuinnaq, Uinigumasuittuq – or Sedna. This exhibition explores the multiple legends surrounding Nuliajuk and how artists from different communities have expressed them.
The origin of settlement of the Eastern Townships at the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science
Archaeological digging in Quebec has led to the confirmation of the earliest inhabitants of this region, dating back to the Paleoindian Period (from the years 12500 – 9000 BP). Learn more about the discoveries of the first inhabitants of this land at the virtual exhibit here.
Healing and Commemoration at The Rooms
The Healing and Commemoration Collection was launched on The Rooms website to provide former students of Labrador and Newfoundland residential schools the opportunity to add their voices to the National conversation of Truth and Reconciliation.Their stories told in their own words have been made available in audio, video and written format so that everyone can access and hear them to learn and to start moving towards healing and reconciliation.
Explore Parks Canada’s National Historic Sites
National Historic Sites allow us to learn more about Canadian history, including the diverse cultural communities who make up Canada, and the history and culture of Indigenous peoples. They may be sacred spaces, archaeological sites, battlefields, heritage houses, historic districts, places of scientific discovery, and much more. Find National Historic Sites near you here.
Canadian History at the National Museum of History
The National Museum of History’s Canadian History virtual exhibit allows you to virtually explore its 4 halls and galleries, learning about Canadian history from its early days to more modern times.
Virtual Canada Day at the Canada Science and Technology Museum
The Canada Science and Technology Museum has put together a series of arts and crafts projects the whole family can follow with simple materials found at home. Get creative and follow the videos here.
“Thanks to Canoo, I can proudly say ‘Been there, done that!’”
Meet Canoo Member Lubna Hussain. Lubna often visits Canoo venues and parks such as Yoho National Park in BC where she recently camped with her family. Lubna shares that for her, Canoo is all about being able to understand Canada and her fellow Canadians better by visiting all the famous landmarks in her hometown of Edmonton and beyond. Read Lubna’s full story here.
Calling all artists! We want YOU to take part in an ICC Virtual Enhanced Citizenship Ceremony.
The ICC invites you to share your artistic representation of what Canada means to you. Submissions will be shared on the ICC’s social media platforms and artists may be invited to be a part of one of the ICC’s Virtual Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies. You will maintain all ownership over your original composition and will be credited for your submission. Click here to submit your original composition.