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January 2019

Decolonizing Guelph’s Founding Story

January 29 - October 27
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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August 2019

Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance, and Resilience

August 2 - December 1
Alex Jacobs-Blum, The Medicine Game

Image: Alex Jacobs-Blum, The Medicine Game Opening reception: Friday, August 2, 6 PM Guelph Museums 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…

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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. VibraFusionLab Opening Reception   Friday, September 27, 6 p.m.   Civic Museum | Free admission  Remarks, performances and reception. All galleries will…

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October 2019

Fourth Friday: Kevin Mak Latin Jazz Quintet

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Kevin Mak Latin Jazz Quintet! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by Kevin Mak Latin Jazz Quintet at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. Sponsored by:

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In Conversation: Eugenics Retold

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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General admission

A conversation among rights activists Mona Stonefish, Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish, who work to prevent institutional brutality, colonialism, ableism, and social injustice. American Sign Language: There will be ASL interpreters present. The interpreters will be wearing a badge that says “ASL Interpreter.” About Into the Light Eugenics was a practice aimed at improving the characteristics of the human race by promoting “favourable” qualities. It also tried to prevent people with “unfavourable” qualities…

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