***THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL***
In the Fall of 2021, the McCord Museum opened their new and reimagined permanent exhibition entitled Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience. As part of the museum’s 100th anniversary programming, it seeks to recount history in a critical, inclusive way while amplifying the voices of Indigenous and other marginalized communities. This exhibition, produced by Huron-Wendat curator Elisabeth Kaine, features approximately 100 objects and testimonies from people of the 11 Indigenous nations in Quebec. The exhibition bears witness to the still unrecognized knowledge of Indigenous peoples in Quebec and Canada as well as the deep wounds they carry and their incredible resilience.
Join TMI on October 21st in a guided in-person visit (60 minutes) of the exhibition whose primary purpose is to create an encounter with Indigenous peoples to give visitors the sense that they are truly engaged and to spark dialogue, contributing to a better mutual understanding. This will be followed by an in-person museum workshop (60 minutes) that will discuss questions such as: What concrete actions can we take in our daily lives to become allies in Indigenous struggles? Reconciliation requires an awareness of Indigenous realities through dialogue and tangible actions led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals.
In addition, we will meet online (for two hours) a week after our museum visit, October 28th, to discuss our experience of the exhibition and readings that outline issues involved in decolonizing museums. Why and how are historical museum practices being seen through a critical lens today? What are best museum practices when exhibiting works by Indigenous creators?