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Governor gives viceroyal patronage to Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough

Governor General of Canada Mary Simon grantsViceroy patronage to Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario Did.

Now on Monaghan Road, the museum houses the world's largest collection ofcanoes,kayaks and watercraft. A new massive museum under construction on the shores of Little Lake on Ashburnham Drive will be able to showcase the entire collection of more than 600 watercraft listed as cultural heritage by the Senate.

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Wednesday's Grant ContinuesTraditions by Canada's Governor-GeneralSupport and Promote Canadian Values, Diversity, Inclusion, Culture and Knowledge To provide support by sponsoring associations and organizations that have made an "outstanding contribution to society". Sponsorship is granted to an organization or program only during the term of the current governor-general's term of office.

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The museum will make reconciliation a key focus, with Simon sworn in as Canada's first Indigenous governor in July 2021. I have noticed that The initiative at the new museum aims to do the same, says Executive Director Carolyn Hislop.

Located in the traditional territory of Williams Convention Indigenous Peoples, the museum invites Indigenous peoples to share their stories with their own voices. The museum has developed a partnership process to reconnect the ship to the Indigenous community, care for the canoe, and work together to share the cultural history and stories held within the collection.

"We believe that, as places of cultural and historical preservation, museums play a key role in shaping our understanding of our past and our collective future," said Hyslop. says. “Indigenous peoples around the world designed, built and used the first canoes and kayaks. It is a powerful living embodiment.

"Through collaborative processes, we work with communities to share these stories, perspectives, languages ​​and voices across new exhibits and museums."

Hythrop said the new museum is expected to open in the summer of 2023 and will feature a trilingual exterior and interior design in English, Michi Saagiig Anishnaabemowin (the local Anishnaabemowin dialect) and French. It says it has a sign. Additional Indigenous languages ​​are also featured in exhibits related to specific vessels.

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Inuit and First The Nation community and builders will be commissioned to build new canoes and kayaks to fill "gaps" in the museum's collection, share more diverse stories, preserve traditional knowledge and pass it on to younger generations. .

Victoria Grant (Teme Ogama Anishnaby Kway), chair of the museum's board of trustees, a Temagami First Nation member, said the canoe was an important part of the reconciliation process. In December 2021, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her work "Bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures, businesses and communities through facilitation and mediation."

"At the moment Canada is beginning a process for truth and reconciliation," she said. “Together, we need to learn, understand and acknowledge our shared history. From the very early days when the first visitors came to our shores, the influence of canoes in the story of Canada was first felt. You can't do that without knowing and understanding.

"The Canadian Canoe Museum provides an opportunity to learn, feel, smell and see the versatility and endurance of canoes."

Exterior rendering of the new Canadian Canoe Museum opening in Peterborough, Ontario in summer 2023. Canadian Canoe Museum

The 20,000-square-foot museum features new exhibits, a lakefront events and education center, artisans and canoeists. It includes a production studio, library, laboratories that allow oral story recordings, lakeside canoe houses, and docks for water and outdoor education programs. Currently, only 20% of the collection can be exhibited at the Monaghan Road location.

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According to the Governor's website, sponsorship is at the Governor's discretion to organizations that: Granted. The following criteria:

  • Has a purpose aligned with the governor's roles and responsibilities
  • Is national in scope
  • Is governed and managed responsibly and sustainably;
  • Proven track record of programs delivered on an annual basis.

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