Toronto, Oct 24 (Canadian-Media): Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases the exhibition, 'Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives & New Discoveries' is running through Sept 19 2020 to March 21, 2021 in Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, Level B2, ROM reports said.
Royal Ontario Museum. Image credit: Wikipedia
Utilizing the latest technologies combining CT scans, digital visualizations and the latest research, the exhibition 'Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries' uncovers the secrets of six mummified individuals, including a priest’s daughter, a temple singer and a young child from the British Museum spanning 900 BCE to CE 180.
Unique insights into these mummies is provided by exploring how these people lived along the Nile and what happened to them after they died. Each mummy has a story to tell.
#CanadianMuseumOfHistory, #Ottawa; #CanadianWarMuseum; #RickHansen #VirtualMuseumOfNewFrance; #RickHansenFoundation
Ottawa, Sep 27 (Canadian-Media): Located in the Hull area of Gatineau, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian Museum of History is a crown corporation established by the Museums Act, to oversee the operations of three museums: the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum and the Virtual Museum of New France, www.historymuseum.ca reports said.
Canadian Museum of History. Image credit: Website
The corporation is mandated to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, awareness of world history and cultures, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped Canada’s history and identity.
One of the special exhibitions of the Canadian Museum of History which are open Sep 2020 through Jan 31, 2021 is a new special display 'Highlights From the Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour Collection' which features 18 iconic objects documenting the 26-month, 40,000-kilometre wheelchair marathon around the world taken by Canadian marathon, Hansen in 1985 with a goal to promote accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities, which Hansen generously donated to the Canadian Museum of History at a live virtual event in May 2020.
Photo credit: Rick Hansen Foundation
Dedicated to raising awareness, changing attitudes, helping create accessible spaces, and liberating the potential of people with disabilities, Hansen and the Foundation, for more than three decades have been dedicated to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all, by removing barriers for people with disabilities.
Through his ongoing work as Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, Rick Hansen’s dream of creating a world without barriers continues.
Please visit the Rick Hansen Foundation website to learn more about the great work being done to build a more accessible world.
#Vancouver; #B.C., #ChineseCanadianMuseum; #ASeatAtTheTable
Vancouver (B.C.), Chinese Canadian Museum’s temporary exhibit, 'A Seat at the Table' in Vancouver Chinatown is accessible to visitors for free starting Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, media reports said.
Chinese Canadian Museum. Image credit: Flickr
Located at the Hon Hsing Athletic Club, 27 East Pender St., the exhibit 'A Seat at the Table' is open Friday until Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will run through 2021.
“People told us they wanted the Chinese Canadian Museum to showcase Chinese Canadian history, past and present, in the places where it happened,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture in a news release. “This exhibit embodies that vision by telling the stories of the people who helped build British Columbia and offers a way for British Columbians to add their stories.”
The temporary exhibit explores the history of Chinese immigration and communities through individual narratives and opportunities to promote story sharing and features interactive story panels, videos and audio to provide snapshots from Chinese Canadians’ lives.
The exhibit also showcases how Chinese migrants and their descendants have found ways to earn a living, challenge systemic racism, connect with others, survive and thrive through hope and resilience.
“The knowledge sharing that has taken place between individuals, community groups, academics and museum professionals for the production of A Seat at the Table project is exceptional and will resonate with diverse audiences who will be able to see themselves in the stories," said Viviane Gosselin, curator, Museum of Vancouver in the news release.
Grace Wong, chair, Chinese Canadian Museum said in the news release that the exhibit shows how the Museum will share the historical contributions of Chinese Canadians and their continued role in the fabric of British Columbia and Canada.
With so much history and culture, Vancouver offers affordable opportunities for people to learn more about the lives and experiences of the Chinese Canadians who shaped our city, said Kennedy Stewart, mayor, City of Vancouver in the news release.
The exhibition facilitates visitors to add their personal story to the collection on camera, through in-person interviews, in writing or by placing a marker on a map.
These stories will become part of the Chinese Canadian Museum’s collection and as the exhibition travels throughout the province, it will continue to gather stories from each location throughout the province.
The project, 'A Seat at the Table' from the Chinese Canadian Museum Society of BC, in collaboration with the Museum of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, is made possible through the B.C. government’s $1-million grant to the City of Vancouver to support further planning for the Chinese Canadian Museum.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Province and the City of Vancouver to establish the museum and to pursue United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site Designation for Vancouver Chinatown.
The Museum of Vancouver will launch, in October 2020, a larger related exhibit at its own location.
The safety measures put in place at the exhibit by the Chinese Canadian Museum Society of BC to protect people’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic include provision of hand sanitizers, masks to be worn by staff and patrons, additional signage within the museum to remind visitors to keep a two-metre distance from each other, and maximum attendance of 14 people at a time.
#Winnipeg; #CMHR; #Racism
Winnipeg Aug 5 (Canadian-Media): The interim report of the independent third-party review into allegations of systemic racism and other forms of oppression within the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has been released by CMHR on Aug 5.
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"The Board of Trustees welcomes the review’s findings. It is clear many people have been adversely impacted by racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination within the Museum, and we apologize unreservedly,” said Board Chair and Interim CEO Pauline Rafferty. “We are taking immediate and decisive action to build an anti-racist and anti-discriminatory workplace.”
"The report is troubling. It's concerning. It exposes all of the worst things," Pauline Rafferty, the museum's board chair and acting CEO said in an interview Tuesday, CBC News reported.
Systemic racism had been identified in Harris’ report within the Museum which has had a negative physical, emotional and financial impact on employees who are Black, Indigenous or People of Colour. Instances of sexism, heterosexism and homophobia within the organization were also identified in the report.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I apologize that it took a public crisis for the organization to seriously reflect on the issues of systemic racism, homophobia and other forms of oppression,” Rafferty continued. “We need to focus our attention on our hiring practices, our policies and our workplace culture. We will recommit ourselves to the values upon which the Museum was founded, of human dignity and respect, and make this a priority. How we work will be as important as the work itself.”
A Diversity and Inclusion Committee led by Trustee Julie Ja was recently formed by the Board of Trustees. The Museum’s five-year strategic plan to prioritize diversity and inclusion goals and developing metrics to measure progress will also be reviewed by the Board.
“We will create and implement policies and procedures that cover all aspects of the Museum’s work,” added Julie Jai. “We have an opportunity to transform the Museum into a workplace that practices anti-racism and rejects all forms of oppression, including sexism, heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia. With sustained effort, the Museum will emerge much stronger for it.”
The Museum is closed today and tomorrow (August 5 and 6) to provide staff an opportunity to review the report and meet with Laurelle Harris.
the Board of Trustees of the CMHR received on July 31 a report entitled “Rebuilding the Foundation,” which provides an external review into systemic racism and oppression within the Museum.
The Board welcomes the findings and is taking immediate action to implement the five recommendations pertaining to the Board, which are presence of not fewer than one Black person, one Indigenous person and one person who identifies as LGTBQ2+ at all times, in addition to members of additional equity groups at Diversity and Inclusion Committee; thorough analysis of past and future policies for bias and to ensure that board policies promote, and support equity; Anti-racist and anti-oppression education, both by way of self-learning and through scheduled training sessions should be provided to all members of the Board of Trustees; The Board of Trustees set goals for the Chief Executive Officer to promote a culture of equity, inclusion and accountability within the Museum; Chief Executive Officer required to to engage in meaningful community relations with Black, Indigenous and LGBTQ+ communities, transgender/gender diverse and Two-Spirit communities in particular.
The Board and Museum leadership have also agreed to review the Museum’s five-year strategic plan to prioritize diversity and inclusion goals and developing metrics to measure progress; Supporting a comprehensive external review (phase two) which will expand on the findings of the first phase to provide a framework for long-term action; Launching mandatory sexual harassment training for all managers, staff and volunteers in the coming weeks. This training is to be completed by the end of September 2020; Management reporting annually to the Board through the Diversity and Inclusion committee on action and progress on equity initiatives as well as on any complaints of racism, homophobia, sexual harassment and other forms of oppression;Developing and implementing a new policy to ensure the practice of censoring any Museum content is strictly prohibited; Investing a minimum of $250,000 of the Museum’s 2020-21 budget to support training for all staff and managers at the Museum; and collaborating with staff to support the creation of staff-led groups to provide input on Museum policies, practices and decisions.
Finally, the management is being encouraged by the Board to immediately create a senior role within the Museum focused on diversity and inclusion, review recruitment and hiring practices, including a complete analysis of the Museum’s employment practices in Phase Two, and roll out an institution-wide education and learning plan, including working with staff to redevelop mandatory respectful workplace training.
#Quebec; #MNBAQ; #PabloPicasso; #CelebratingMultifacedHumanBody; #SocialChange
Quebec, Jul 12 (Canadian-Media): Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) announced July 12, in the presence of Quebec's Minister of Culture and Communications, Ms. Nathalie Roy, about the arrival of an exhibition of one of the the most famous and prolific artist in the world, artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), with his masterpieces celebrating the beauty of singular bodies in a unique way, media reports said.
MNBAQ. Image credit: Website
MNBAQ's new exhibition, slated to run from June to September 2021, has been made possible by a contribution of $ 1,000,000 from the Quebec's Ministry of Culture and Communications.
"It is one of our cultural priorities for the Government of Quebec to make accessible to Quebecers works like the masterpieces of Picasso, an artist of genius on a planetary scale, and thus contribute to the influence of the Capitale-Nationale and the MNBAQ, said Roy was visiting the museum on Jul 12.
Designed by the Musée national Picasso-Paris ( France ) from its remarkable collection, in collaboration with the MNBAQ, the exhibition showcase a selection of 77 works, including 45 major paintings, produced between 1895 and 1972.
Image: The painter and the model. Image credit: www.PabloPicasso.org
The exhibition, with its representation of the human body in all its multiplicity from portraits to more allegorical representations, from his classicism to the abstraction both intimate and aesthetic, which had been Picasso's main focus throughout his career, will allow visitors to be moved and be made aware of extraordinary beauty and will put the MNBAQ in the spotlight during the summer season.
“This exhibition will allow the MNBAQ to position itself as an actor of social change, as a vector of well-being, by celebrating bodily diversity" said Enthuses Jean-Luc Murray, Director General of the MNBAQ in the news release.
Seven themes around which the exhibition will be structured are - Portraits , Cubist and postcubist anatomies , Body magic , At the beach , Extreme tension , Monsters , Nudes and disguises - and . It will also include a remarkable set of sculptures which recalls the multidisciplinary dimension of the work of this eternal explorer. Among the masterpieces gathered, we must mention Man with the guitar (1911), L'Acrobate (1930), Figures by the sea (1931), Jacqueline with crossed hands (1954) or Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe after Manet (1960), masterful paintings representative of the best periods of the artist's career.
The Musée national Picasso-Paris, inaugurated in 1985, contains the world's richest collection of works by the artist and covers all its periods.
Picasso's personal collection, which he had assembled during his life by collecting works from his friends (Braque, Matisse, Miró, Derain), from masters he admired (Cézanne, Le Douanier Rousseau, Degas), too was given to the State in 1978 and joined the Picasso museum collection.
Thousands of documents and photographs, which cover all of Picasso's life, help make the Picasso museum the main center of study on the life and work of the artist.
#Quebec; #HistoricalSocieties;#MAMH; #FARR; #TheLibraryandNationalArchivesOfQuebec
Quebec, Jun 20 (Canadian-Media): In recognition of the importance of historic societies in the Laurentians, in Quebec, and develop strategies to ensure their sustainability, a sum of $ 300,000 is granted as part of a sectoral development agreement by Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAMH), the seven MRCs of the Laurentians, media reports said.
MAMH. Image credit: Twitter handle
The seven MRCs of the Laurentians of Mirabel are the Council of Prefects and Elected Officials of the Laurentides region (CPERL), Culture Laurentides as well the Rivière-du-Nord History Society and the Hautes-Laurentides History and Genealogy Society.
These two historical societies, whose private archives service is approved by Bibliothèques et Archives Nationale du Québec, are responsible for implementing the agreement.
“It is important to preserve history, because it is the memory of a people. I am pleased that the Laurentians are investing in this direction. Keeping track of what has been experienced over the years in the region is invaluable. Besides, I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the guardians of our heritage, " Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in a news release.
The aid granted would facilitate stocking of the situation of private archives in the Laurentians for the conservation and dissemination of this rich regional heritage, to develop coordination between historical societies and heritage organizations.
In addition, small and medium-sized municipalities in the territory who are struggling to manage their archives, preserve and distribute them, would be supported by this initiative.
“Thanks to this agreement, the historical societies and heritage committees of the Laurentians will be able to safeguard the history of the region...to developing a strong identity. By knowing their region better, citizens will be more proud of it and will become better ambassadors to highlight it, " Sylvie D'Amours, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister responsible for the Laurentides region
“Through this agreement...the memory of the eight territories that make up our region, so rich in history and heritage, is preserved for future generations, " said Bruno Laroche , President of the Council of Prefects and Elected Officials of the Laurentides region and co-president of the regional committee for the selection of projects from the Support Fund for Regional Outreach.
“We are delighted with the interest and concrete support thus shown by decision-makers in the region with regard to the history and heritage of our territory. Our two organizations will make every effort to implement this agreement, for the benefit of all historical societies in the Laurentians, " said Benoît N. Legault, President of the Hautes-Laurentides History and Genealogy Society and Henri Prévost, President of the Rivière-du-Nord History Society.
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#Quebec; #Museums, #Libraries; # CNESST
Montreal, May 24 (Canadian-Media): Amidst gradual easing of restrictions on gatherings, travel and other activities, Quebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy announced May 22 at a news conference in Montreal that starting May 29, museums, libraries and drive-in cinemas will be permitted to reopen across the province, media reports said.
Nathalie Roy. Image credit: Twitter handle
ut Quebecers will not be allowed to hold guided tours nor would they be permitted to host vernissages or other events.
Keeping with the social distancing guidelines put out by Quebec's workplace health and safety board, CNESST, the number of people inside at the same time would be limited to enable them to keep a two metre distance from others.
Not all museums would reopen next week some museums take longer to adapt to those guidelines.
The McCord Museum in Montreal will reopen on June 23 and the Stewart Museum on June 25.
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal will announce its reopening plans next week.
Although announcement of reopening date of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is held off, Nathalie Bondil, director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts said the first exhibit to receive visitors would be the temporary Egyptian mummies installation.
In Quebec City, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will reopen on June 29.
The MNBAQ's Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit, which was originally set to close this month, will continue to run until Sept. 7.
The extensive online offering by the Montreal Holocaust Museum's administration to enable people explore history from the comfort of home will continue even after the museum reopens, said spokesperson Sarah Fogg.
The museum, as well as the Montreal Botanical Gardens and planetarium, do not yet have a set date for reopening.
The operation of the libraries across the province, once open, would also be different.
Only a designated area around service counters would be accessible to the public.
The public will neither be able to browse the library's book aisles, nor will they will be able to use library computers.
The CNESST recommends not to touch the returned books for 24 hours.
Work at recording studios will be able to resume June 1 under specific conditions. Only five members of technical crew would be permitted and performers must stay two metres away from one another,.
As far as live performance, concerts or theatre productions are concerned, Public health has not yet given the go-ahead.
Realizing that many artists have lost their livelihood due to non functioning of concert halls, stages and film sets, Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault at the news conference said,
"Now is the time more than ever to support our artists, consume our culture."
Ottawa, Mar 13 (Canadian-Media): A message from the National Museums of Canada stated that due to the COVID-19 virus the national museums of Canada have made the decision to close the museums across Canada to visitors and all other groups, effective Saturday, March 14 and until further notice, media reports said.
Although National Museums of Canada regrets the impact of this decision on the users, however, it believes that this decision is in the best interests of all the communities being served.
This message is from the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum, Ingenium and the National Gallery of Canada.
#CanadianMuseumOfHistory; #HumanRights; #Equality; #2020BlackHistoryMonth
Gatineau (Quebec), Feb 6 (Canadian-Media): A special evening would be hosted by the Canadian Museum of History with the support of TD Bank Group on Feb 27 at 7 p.m. with the author and educator Wanda Robson, youngest sister of Viola Desmond, media reports said.
Canadian Museum of History. Image credit: Twitter
“TD has a long-standing commitment...contribute to a society where more people...reflected in the stories that are shaping Canada. Through the TD Ready Commitment, we are proud to recognize the work of Wanda Robson, as a champion and advocate for human rights, equality, and Viola Desmond’s legacy as part of our 2020 Black History Month Series,” said Naki Osutei, Associate Vice President, Social Impact, TD Bank Group.
Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History's primary role is not only to enhance Canadians’ knowledge of understanding and appreciation of the events that have shaped Canada’s history and identity, but also to enhance Canadians’ awareness of world history and culture.
The museum is visited by over 1.2 million visitors each year.
Advancement of the Canadian Museum of History is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.
Robson's efforts to raise public awareness of the struggle for racial equality in Canada generated to grassroots support for Desmond across the country leading to the appearance of Viola Desmond’s image on Canada’s new $10 bill in 2018, representing for the first time Canadian woman' image on the $10 bill.
Viola Desmond, successful businesswoman in her day, refused to be treated differently, based on the colour of her skin and became well-known for refusing to sit in the back of a movie theatre in 1946.
After Desmond’s death in 1965, Robson has championed her sister’s legacy in public appearances and in print including the book Sister to Courage: Stories from the World of Viola Desmond, Canada’s Rosa Parks.
Museum of History would also be honouring Wanda Robson and Viola Desmond with plans to record an oral history interview with Robson.
Seats from the Roseland Theatre, in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, which refused Desmond the right to sit where she chose have been acquired by the museum to be displayed and a Heritage Minute featuring Desmond will be screened.
In addition, National Stamp Collection displays a stamp featuring Viola Desmond.
Museum’s Canadian History Hall displays the new Canadian $10 bill and celebrates the legacy of both Viola Desmond and Wanda Robson.
The evening will be moderated by Nova Scotia Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, Robson's personal friend, who would be highlighting what it means to be women of colour in Canada today.
The evening would conclude by a question and answer session and a reception in the Theatre Lobby.
Tickets ($20) are available online or at 819-776-7000.
#Vancouver; #B.C., #Chinese-CanadianMuseum; #Vancouver'sChinatown
Vancouver (B.C.), Nov 8 (Canadian-Media: B.C. government is giving a $1 million boost to the City of Vancouver to support the establishment of a Chinese-Canadian museum, with the aim of creating branches in other communities across the province, media reports said.
Bill Yee, the first Chinese-Canadian elected to Vancouver city council and also a member of the working group for the proposed museum the so-called hub-and-spoke model would enable
partnerships with municipalities, such as Victoria, where Chinese immigrants first began to arrive in the late 1850s.
"We are hoping that the museum will touch all the areas in the province that in the past have (had) Chinese people," said Yee and added this approach could help unite Chinese-Canadians across the province.
"The reality is many Chinese-Canadians are not living around Chinatown anymore, they're all over the place," he said.
The museum's objective to explore the past through curated artifacts, stories, and educational resources would be complemented by current events and visions of the future for Chinese-Canadians.
It's an opportunity to celebrate the Chinese-Canadians who helped build B.C., Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said on Friday.
"Chinese-Canadians have made an exceptional impact to the social, economic, and cultural lives of the province and the city, and we are committed to acting on the opportunities we have to conserve, commemorate, and enhance the living heritage and cultural assets of Vancouver's Chinatown for all Canadians," he said at the opening of the proposed museum's new project office.
The office is located at a Chinese cultural centre and features a small gallery of photos and stories, which offer a peek into what the museum could be like.
The centre is already home to the Chinese-Canadian Military Museum, so Yee said it's likely the provincial 'hub' museum would be established there too.
The museum is also part of a joint effort by the province and Vancouver to have the city's Chinatown designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stewart called Chinatown an "incredibly important part of Vancouver's cultural identity," as well as being one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns outside Asia.