Celebrate Black History Month with the ICC and CAP this month. Learn, experience, and participate at special exhibits and events at CAP Attractions, such as the exhibit One Woman’s Resistance at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Be sure to share your experiences with us on social media by using the hashtag #CAPCanada, and explore all the places you can visit with your CAP card using the CAP Attractions Directory.

Suggested CAP Attractions to visit in February:

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site (Dresden, Ontario)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site sits on part of the original property purchased in
1841 to establish a refuge for the many fugitives from slavery in the United States.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Canadian Museum of History (Ottawa, Ontario)

New exhibit at Esker Foundation by Neil Campbell: wheatfield
Neil Campbell is a Canadian painter with a primary focus on perception. His geometrical paintings are devised to address and influence both the physical and the phenomenological aspects of viewing. In this exhibit at Esker Foundation in Calgary, AB, wheatfield invites viewers to moment of interface to consider the body’s relationship with its environment. More information here. [Image: Neil Campbell]

One Woman’s Resistance at the CMHR
This new exhibition at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg tells the story of Viola Desmond. In 1946, the Black Nova Scotian chose a main-floor seat at a segregated movie theatre. When she refused to move to the balcony, where Black patrons were expected to sit, she was arrested. This exhibit not only highlights the court case that went all the way to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, but the racism and segregation that Black Canadians experienced during this time. Learn more here.

Free Tour at the DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art in Montreal
DHC/ART curator Cheryl Sim, will be delivering a free guided tour of the Jasmina Cibic: Everything That You Desire and Nothing That You Fear exhibition on February 23 at the DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art in Montreal. For more information, visit their website.

Heritage Week
Celebrate BC Heritage Week at the Maple Ridge Museum & Archives between February 17 and 24 in Maple Ridge, B.C. Events this week include a free Behind the Scenes Tour, the 2018 Heritage Awards, and Walking Tours. Learn more on their website.

Parks Canada – Family Fun
Have you ever tried cross-country skiing? What about snowshoeing or ice fishing? You can find many different family-friendly activities to try across the country on the Parks Canada website, including kid-friendly activities, winter sports, Indigenous experiences, and much more.

Use social media to share your photos from with us: use the hashtag #CAPCanada when posting your photos, or you can also tag CAP and/or the ICC in your photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. [Photo: @samipaezz]

When does my eligibility for the Cultural Access Pass end? #CAPFAQs
Your Cultural Access Pass is valid for one year from your citizenship ceremony date (not the date you register for CAP). Your one-year membership cannot be extended. Learn the answers to other commonly asked questions on our FAQs webpage.

Join us for citizenship ceremonies at CAP Attractions
The ICC, in partnership with IRCC, will be celebrating with new Canadian citizens at citizenship ceremonies this month. Use your CAP card to attend one at a CAP attraction and relive the moment! Join us at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax on February 18 at 11:00 a.m.; The Hangar Museum in Calgary on February 13 at 10:30 a.m. or the Art Gallery of Hamilton on February 7 at 11:15 a.m.

The 6 Degrees Dictionary – Unpacking language for clearer conversations
There is often confusion or disagreement around terms like immigrant and migrant, inclusion, and integration. When old ideas behind familiar words are recast and renewed, it can spark fresh thinking. The ICC’s 6 Degrees Dictionary offers a guide to inclusion and a starting point for conversations on immigration, citizenship and inclusion. Join the conversation about these 12 key words and tell us how they resonate with you.

A special citizenship ceremony for Black History Month
The ICC invites you to a special citizenship ceremony in celebration of Black History Month. On February 19, in partnership with IRCC, the ICC will be co-hosting a ceremony at the University of McGill in Montreal. The event will open with roundtable discussions and a speech from Adrienne Piggott, Chair, Subcommittee on Racialized and Ethnic Persons. This bilingual ceremony will include an Indigenous drumming circle by First People House, and McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier will speak on behalf of the university. Join us in the McGill Faculty Club and Conference Centre at 11:00 a.m. for this special ceremony.

Noaman Ahmed says that it feels like Canada is investing in his family as new citizens with the Cultural Access Pass. “Even the staff at these [CAP] locations congratulate us on becoming citizens!” he explains. “[CAP is an] awesome experience; after waiting for four years for our citizenship, this is an excellent gift. [I am] thoroughly enjoying it with my family.” Read more about Noaman, a CAP member, in this month’s CAP Spotlight.