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January 2019

Decolonizing Guelph’s Founding Story

January 29, 2019 - February 2, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the restructuring of our colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and we strive to initiate dialogues and create safe spaces for truth telling. These guiding principles inform all that we do at Guelph Museums. In the 1850s and 1860s, provincial and university-based museums were created across Upper Canada; however, after Confederation in…

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Indigenizing Galt

January 29, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Civic Museum was established in the 1960s to preserve and share this city’s local history. Since then, our founding story has been told through the narrative of the Canada Company. Founded by John Galt, who became its first Superintendent, the Canada Company is responsible for colonizing over two million acres of land on the shores of Lake Huron, now known as the Huron Tract. This version of our founding story implies that Galt established Guelph on unpopulated land and…

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February 2019

Reading Galt

February 26, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the restructuring of our colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and we strive to initiate dialogues and create safe spaces for truth telling. These guiding principles inform all that we do at Guelph Museums.

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Lacrosse: The Creator’s Game

February 26, 2019 - February 2, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Iroquois Nationals vs Team Canada, World International Lacrosse Championships, 2015

Dewa’áo’:gajíhgwa’e’ is the Cayuga Nation word for lacrosse, which has multiple meanings: “they play with webbed sticks” and “to throw or pass the ball” and “hitting their hips. Lacrosse was gifted to the Haudenosaunee Peoples (Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Seneca) from the Creator at the time of Creation. Other Indigenous Nations have their own Creation stories, as well as different stories about how the game of lacrosse came to be. Today, many variations of the game are played across…

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September 2019

Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario

September 14, 2019 - March 1, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Content warning: The exhibition Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario includes content that some visitors may find offensive and/or traumatizing. Guelph Museums aims to provide open spaces for the sharing and understanding of all histories and lived experiences. We ask that visitors help to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and sensitivity. Into the Light examines local histories and ongoing legacies of racial “betterment” thinking in Southern Ontario that de-humanized and disappeared those who did not fit…

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VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communications

September 14, 2019 - March 1, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Experience sound and vibration technologies through art installations by David Bobier, Lindsay Fisher, Marla Hlady, Ellen Moffat, Gordon Monahan, Alison O’Daniel, and Lynx Sainte-Marie. By making sound tangible through touch, this exhibition aims to change public perceptions of difference and disability. Presented in partnership with VibraFusionLab, an innovative centre for vibrotactile research and creative practice based in London, Ontario. Public Events: VibraFusionLab Opening Reception   Friday, September 27, 6 p.m.   Civic Museum | Free admission  Remarks, performances and reception. All…

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November 2019

Operation Keep Warm

November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Donations of new or gently used tents, tarps, sleeping bags, large hiking backpacks, coats, and new warm socks and underwear will be collected in support of Operation Keep Warm, a program created by Sanguen Health Centre, Lakeside Hope House, Wyndham House, and the Downtown Guelph Business Association, supporting people who are experiencing homelessness. Please bring donations to the front desk of the Civic Museum.      

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December 2019

Downtown EarlyON Playtime

December 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on December 11, 2019 at 9:30 am

One event on December 18, 2019 at 9:30 am

One event on January 8, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on January 15, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on January 22, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on January 29, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on February 5, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on February 12, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on February 19, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on February 26, 2020 at 9:30 am

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Weekly program offerings for children from 0 to 6 years old and their families, offered through the EarlyON Child and Family Centre. Free drop-in family programming that promotes early learning and development from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on a weekly basis. The EarlyON Child and Family Centre at the Guelph Community Health Centre has been in existence since 2003. EarlyON has eight off-site Neighbourhood Playtimes and two main locations (Downtown and Stone Rd Mall) each providing a multitude of free drop-in and…

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