If you’re planning to visit Gatineau, be sure to tour the Canadian Museum of History, located by the Ottawa River. Designed by Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal, this museum traces back 15,000 of human and social history, relating captivating personal Indigenous stories, cultures and achievements as well as thought-provoking international exhibits.
Presented by the Canadian Museum of
History until September 5, 2022, Lost
Liberties - The War Measures Act is an
exhibition that probes the fears, racism and crises that drove to
the suspension of civil liberties in Canada during the World Wars
and the 1970 October Crisis. These tragic times in Canadian
history are told through photographs, drawings, quotes, audio and
video testimonials, and objects that highlight the experiences of
the people whose stories are presented.
Lost Liberties not only places these
crises in their historical context, but also examines them from
multiple perspectives and, most importantly, presents poignant
accounts from adults and children who lived through them. It also
highlights the incarceration of many Canadians from diverse
communities during the two World Wars and the October Crisis.
This part of the museum takes your children on a journey around the world and gives them the opportunity to gain knowledge by learning about other cultures. At the Canadian Children's Museum, travel the world on the colourful Pakistani bus, load packages onto a cargo ship and visit homes in India, Indonesia and Mexico. Get creative in the family Studio, too: gather around a well-stocked craft table and create your own travel journal to capture your best vacation memories. And see Teepee, a captivating animated series where children follow a curious little teepee as he explores the world around him!
The Canadian Museum of History houses three major exhibitions on Indigenous peoples. The impressive Grand Hall provides a glimpse into the stories and cultural and spiritual heritage of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Coast. The First Peoples Hall highlights the history, diversity and creativity of Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Finally, the
Canadian History Hall presents Indigenous stories that are an integral part of the national narrative, which spans 15,000 years. The three galleries provide a powerful testament to the rich culture, survival, regeneration and vitality of Indigenous peoples!