March is a busy month for many families as children are off school for March Break! However, March also is the month of International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme for IWD is gender parity, marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality across the world.
This month, I encourage you to take the time out of your busy schedule to visit an art exhibit by women artists, attend a tour at a museum that focuses on women’s contributions, or listen to music or poetry performed by women artists. You can see a full list of recommended exhibits and events, free for Canoo members to attend, below.
We hear firsthand from Canoo members that many of you chose to make Canada home in part because of the opportunities for girls and women that Canada provides. This month, let us recognize the struggles of the women who fought to achieve the women’s rights we have now in Canada; the art, culture, and storytelling of women in Canada; and how we can continue to make gender parity in Canada a priority for all Canadians.
Happy International Women’s Day!
Anja, Canoo’s Membership Officer
1. The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON)
2. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, MB)
3. The Museum of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
4. The Fashion History Museum (Cambridge, ON) (Reopening March 18)
5. The Canadian Museum of History (Ottawa, ON)
6. The Museum of Contemporary Art (Toronto, ON)
Women’s Rights Tour at CMHR
Visitors to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg can journey through the struggle for women’s rights and inspiring contributions by women in Canada and around the world. A special themed tour will be offered each day to mark International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on March 8. The tours will be offered daily from March 1 to March 7. You can also visit for free on the evening of March 6 for an advance celebration of International Women’s Day, featuring five performances from the Cabaret of Monologues by Winnipeg’s Sarasvàti Productions. Get the full details about the tours here and the free admission evening here.
International Women’s Day at MOA
This year’s International Women’s Day at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver is a unique intergenerational, intercultural celebration of women supporting women. This special night at MOA features dance, rap, song, poetry, improvisation, and powerful words by Vancouver’s emerging and established women artists. The night showcases the diversity, strength, breadth and depth of women’s experiences, their resilience and unique voices through the power of the arts. Learn more here.
Anna Gustafson: Object Lessons at Esker Foundation
A new exhibit by an Indigenous artist – Anna Gustafson: Object Lessons — has opened at the Esker Foundation in Calgary. In response to the destructive cycle of late capitalist consumer culture, Anna Gustafson enshrouds discarded appliances in old, white linen; a manner historically used by many cultures to prepare the dead for burial. Intrigued by this ritual, Gustafson came to understand this process as a way to individuate each item, and to honour the destruction necessary to make and power them. Visit the website to learn more.
In Her Own Hands at the Glenbow Museum
The Glenbow Museum presents the Canadian debut of Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands, an exhibit that showcases the posthumous works of the amateur photographer who likely never saw many of her photos turned into prints. Through her secret pastime, Maier walked countless miles in many cities; capturing images of city life in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. She amassed more than 2,000 rolls of film, 3,000 prints and more than 120,000 negatives, which she shared with virtually no one in her lifetime. This exhibit runs until May 2020. Learn more here.
Winter Guided Hike in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Celebrate Mother Nature on International Women’s Day with a free guided hike along the Mica Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia. On Sunday, March 8, hike or snowshoe to the last viewing platform (if conditions are good), the first half of the regular trail. No pre-registration required. Snowshoes are available to rent. Find out all the details here.
Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956-1971 at the AGO
Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario in downtown Toronto for their new exhibit: Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956-1971. The striking black and white photographs of legendary American photographer Diane Arbus revolutionized portraiture through their range of subjects and their style. Primarily made in and around New York City, Arbus selected her subjects for their singularity. For the first time, images from the full sweep of Arbus’s career will be presented chronologically. Learn more here.
Meet Canoo member Susan Shaw from Calgary. Susan chose to move to Canada because she wanted a country with “a future – and snow!” She has enjoyed using Canoo to visit cultural venues. “I have enjoyed searching new places to visit that I would not [have] known about if I hadn’t had Canoo,” she says, “The app is so easy to use and I have [had] positive reactions from people when I show the Canoo [app]; people congratulate and welcome me as a new Canadian.” Read more about Susan’s experience here.
Attend a citizenship ceremony this month
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship invites you to attend a citizenship ceremony organized by us; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and other partners. Every month, we co-host ceremonies across the country in public spaces that you can attend as a guest for free. This month, celebrate International Women’s Day with us at ceremonies across the country. Join us at…
1. Acadia University in Wolfville, NS on Monday, March 3, 2020 at noon
2. VanCity Theatre in partnership with Women in Film and TV Festival in Vancouver, BC
on Monday, March 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
3. New Brunswick Community College in Moncton, NB on Monday, March 5, 2020 at noon
4. OneEleven in Toronto, ON on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at noon
5. BANQ in Montreal, QC on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at noon
6. Scarborough Civic Centre in Toronto, ON on Friday, March 20, 2020 at noon
7. Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, ON on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at noon
8. VIA Rail Winnipeg in Winnipeg, MB on Tuesday March 31, 2020 at noon
Free event: 6 Degrees Montréal – March 30, 2020
Join the Institute for Canadian Citizenship at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the inaugural 6 Degrees Montréal on March 30. Questions of inclusion and belonging, civic engagement, and fighting mis- and disinformation continue to be at the forefront of Canadian political and social conversations. 6 Degrees Montréal 2020 will bring community members and leaders from various sectors together to bridge divides and build solutions to these challenges. Join the conversation; register for a free ticket today.
Your Information Diet: Do you know what goes into it?
In January, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship launched the Citizen Resilience Project to empower Canadians to recognize the threats of false information, to fight against it as informed citizens, and to engage in inclusive, productive discourse. This month, we released Phase 2 of this project, looking at our “information diet” – all the content that we consume, be it news, news-like content, advertising or user-generated content. Do you know how to identify the differences between the various forms of information you read online? Learn more here.