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Hello, Bonjour, Aaniin Canoo members!

Fall is definitely in the air! As the days grow cool and the leaves change colour, we highly recommend checking out some of the national and provincial parks near you and enjoying the beauty Canada has to offer in the autumn. October marks more than just the changing seasons. Canada recognizes and celebrates two distinct but intersecting groups this month. In October, we celebrate both Women’s History Month and Islamic History Month.

The Government of Canada designated October as Women’s History Month in 1992 to recognize, honour and celebrate the important contributions of women and girls to our society, and to the quality of our lives today. In 2007, the Government of Canada designated October as Islamic History Month to celebrate, inform, educate, and share with fellow Canadians the rich Muslim heritage and contributions to society: contributions in sciences, humanities, medicine, astronomy, and other disciplines that have greatly benefited human progress. As we have seen an increase in hatred and intolerance against Muslim communities in Canada this year, Islamic History Month is especially important in providing an opportunity to showcase artists, performers, inventors, and activists.

In this newsletter, you will find activities and opportunities from our Canoo Partners to help you celebrate Women’s History Month and Islamic History Month, and to enjoy all the beauty that Canada’s autumn has to offer. We hope that this newsletter helps you get creative with friends and family, and enjoy a beautiful October.

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! 

Check out the collections of these museums for free online or in person, and be sure to check with the venue before visiting:

  1. Green Gables Heritage Place (Cavendish, Prince Edward Island)
  2. Emily Carr House (Victoria, British Columbia)
  3. Lachine Canal National Historic Site (Montreal, Quebec)
  4. Fanshawe Pioneer Village (London, Ontario)
  5. The Rooms (St. John’s, Newfoundland)
  6. Harcourt House Artist Run Centre (Edmonton, Alberta) 

Enjoy free activities and events at Culture Days!

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of free participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. Click here to find out more.

Attend Rocking the Boat: A celebration of women who make waves at HMCS Haida National Historic Site.

Join Parks Canada as they honour the women of the Second World War by sharing stories and celebrating the contributions of women in the military and on the home-front! Featured women include The first woman to hold the rank of naval captain, Lieutenant-Commander Adelaide Sinclair, Hamilton’s own “Rosie the Riveter”, Iolanda “Vi” Connolly and Sergeant Karen Hermiston, the only Canadian female WWII army photographer to serve overseas.  

Get inspired by women working in science at Wood Buffalo National Park.

Wood Buffalo National Park has put together profiles on some of the amazing women who work in Canada’s biggest park. Learn about what it looks like to have a career at Parks Canada, and stop by to explore the Salt Plains!

Do some spooky art with the family at the Homer Watson House and Gallery’s Skullouring Family Drop In.

Come to the Gallery in person on Sunday, October 24 between 12:00-3:00pm. This is a fun way for kids of all ages to develop creativity, focus, motor skills and colour recognition. Materials will be provided, but adult supervision is required. Register here!

Try something new at Inspired! Thursday Evening Experiences at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre.

Unwind with an evening at the Esplanade and engage with family and friends as you try something inspired. Get out of the box with unconventional paint nights, improvisation, family fun dance parties and go behind the scenes with exclusive museum experiences! Check out event details to find the right experience for you. 

“Everyone gets a seat at the table, regardless of race or creed. Everyone’s voice matters.

Meet Canoo Member Sylvannia Soulet! After moving to Canada over 20 years ago, Sylvannia officially joined the Canadian family in December 2019, and has been using Canoo to explore the Greater Toronto Area over the past year. Along with her fiancé and stepdaughter, she has fallen in love with the Royal Ontario Museum. Read Sylvannia’s full story here, and find out which beloved children’s literary character she and her stepdaughter got to spend some quality time with!

We have a new partner! The MUMAQ (Musée des métiers d’art du Québec) located in Montréal, QC is coming aboard Canoo!

The MUMAQ (Musée des métiers d’art du Québec) attests to the expression of unique and creative people. The MUMAQ allows us to appreciate the history of Québec’s crafts better than ever before.

The MUMAQ is a place for disseminating ideas and showcasing themed exhibitions, as well as a hub for artistic, cultural and educational activities for a diverse audience. The MUMAQ offers an inexhaustible wealth of knowledge, references and research. A unique experience in a unique place. A new pride to be shared with as many people as possible.

From October 16th onwards be amazed by the new exhibition: Interlaced Stories. Carole Frève, Glass Artist.   

Visit MUMAQ with your Canoo app!

Calling all artists! We would love to see your drawings, paintings and photographs of what a Canadian winter looks like to you.  We’re happy to see art from both kids and kids at heart – it all makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside! Send your jpgs or pngs to us at canoo@inclusion.ca, along with your name and your favourite Canadian winter memories. Let’s put everyone in the holiday spirit!