Kitchener, ON – This year THEMUSEUM is showcasing Canadian history and culture through an entirely new educational week titled Aboriginal Intersections. From February 9 to 13, students will participate in various stations that will bridge the gap between Aboriginal history and its traditional storytelling and what is shown in contemporary media. The workshops and activities tie directly into the Ontario curriculum, and will teach students from Grades 1 through 6 about the importance of heritage and identity; cultural traditions; life in Canada; development of communities; and Canadian identity.
“Aboriginal Intersections is a creatively diverse program that will allow students to immerse themselves in activities aimed to help them understand, appreciate, and reflect upon the culture, languages, and spirit of Aboriginal peoples of Canada,” said Vanessa Moinz, THEMUSEUM’s Teacher in Residence. “In order to ensure that all educational material is accurate and displayed respectfully, a number of partnerships were made between THEMUSEUM and various Aboriginal groups.”
rare charitable is lending arrowheads for a display, and a flintnapper will be presenting proper techniques of how arrowheads are made. Short films, provided by Haidawood, will be shown, that explain the culture and language of Haida Gwaii. Two video games, Singuistics (developed by Nunavut-based start-up Pinnaguaq) and E-Line Media’s Never Alone will be demoed; they both explain the importance of cultural traditions, stories, and language.
Other collaborations include workshops from the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, performances from Tribal Vision, and loaned materials from the Museum of Inuit Art in Toronto.
Schools that are interested in booking field trips during the week can contact Vanessa Moniz by email at Vanessa.Moniz@THEMUSEUM.ca, or by phone at 519-749-9387 x244.