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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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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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