Community Stories Approved Projects (2017)
Note: Some titles are subject to change.
150th Anniversary of the Fire Department: A Family History
Conseil des arts et de la culture de Saint-Eustache
Saint-Eustache’s men and women firefighters take us into their world by showing us the many facets of their work. Their stories reveal how the idea of becoming a firefighter is often passed down from one generation to another and is part of the collective imagination.
Abitibi-Témiscamingue: Where Nature Is Life
Discover the past and present of the vast natural spaces of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and of the region’s population. This exhibit — where archaeology, art and history come together — presents the region’s communities of yesterday and today, and shows how people and their environment are interrelated.
Celebration ’90: Canada’s Gay Games
In August 1990, 7,300 athletes arrived in Vancouver to compete at Celebration ’90: Gay Games III and Cultural Festival. This exhibit traces the Games’ evolution from inspiration to closing ceremonies. First-hand accounts of the community’s determination and resilience illuminate a critical moment in the fight for Canadian LGBTQ2S+ rights.
Conflicting Loyalties: The Hardisty Family
Members of the Hardisty family have been present during some of the most transformative events in Canada’s history. This exhibit explores the history of Isabella Hardisty’s family, expanding the story of Lougheed House to incorporate the roles of women and Métis.
Economic Diversification in Laval: Assets and Actors
Natural resources and the proximity of markets furthered the development of the Laval region. This exhibit presents that success story by highlighting the contributions of the various economic actors, including merchants, farmers and artisans. In doing so, it traces the history of a dynamic and diversified region.
Everyone Has a Story
Profiling people from all walks of life, this exhibit explores the many ways in which everyday people have contributed to Orillia’s ever-evolving community. Although some may view their stories as unimportant, contributions to the life of our communities come in all shapes and sizes.
Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott (1869–1940), a Woman Ahead of Her Time
This exhibit traces the remarkable life of an exceptional woman, one of Canada’s first female doctors. Vignettes produced by “young journalists” describe the problems Maude faced as a woman in a field dominated by men, and show her strong ties to her village.
Métis-sur-Mer: 200 Years of Shared History
Métis-sur-Mer, nestled on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Quebec, has flourished for 200 years. Settled in 1818 by Scottish immigrants, this lovely village has a fascinating history in which French and English residents have long lived side by side, resulting in an exceptionally rich blend of stories.
Portraits of Our Ancestors
This exhibit features portraits of men and women who lived in Côte-de-Beaupré and whose contributions, both large and small — and sometimes little-known — left their mark on the region’s history, from the colony’s early days to the present.
Remembering the Merchants of Main Street, Windsor
Take a walk down Main Street with the residents of Windsor, Newfoundland, and learn about the vibrant history of this shopping district. Discover the stories behind the street’s merchants, and see how immigration and development have affected the community.
Solidarity: The Largest Political Protest in British Columbia’s History
This exhibit takes a look at the Solidarity Movement of 1983. During this pivotal time, labour and community social advocacy organizations across British Columbia came together for a series of escalating actions, in what would become the most significant political protest in the province’s history.
Surprising Stories: Fishing in the Mauricie Region, Yesterday and Today
There is an abundance of fishing tales in Mauricie, a 40,000 km2 region that has 70 outfitters. In this exhibit, travel through time and discover the history of fishing in the region, from the subsistence fishing practiced by First Nations to sport fishing as we know it today.
Textile Files: Discovering the Stories of a Golden Age and Its Decline
The population of Cowansville and the surrounding area grew around the Bruck Silk Mills, which were once a jewel of the Canadian textile industry. This exhibit presents the history of the mills, their founders and several generations of workers, with contributions from the community that witnessed the golden age of the mills and their decline.
The Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon: A 30-Year Love Affair
Discover the festival that has attracted over 2,000 musicians from around the world over the past 30 years. This exhibit presents the Montmagny region’s love affair with the accordion, as well as the history of the festival, the people who created it, its volunteers and the artists who have performed there.
The Francophone Ranchers of the Cariboo and Okanagan Regions in British Columbia
This exhibit presents the unknown story of 19th century francophone livestock breeders whose ranches in the Cariboo and Okanagan regions were among the most important in the country. The Guichons, Guillaumes, Lequimes, Gillards, Blondeaux, Minnaberriets, Hallers and Boucheries lend their voices to help you discover the hubs of commercial activity that gave birth to the province’s francophone community.
When the Second World War Came to Bell Island, Newfoundland
Bell Island Heritage Society
In the fall of 1942, four Allied cargo ships were torpedoed by German U-boats off the coast of Bell Island, Newfoundland, resulting in the deaths of 70 sailors. This exhibit recounts the impact of the attacks on the residents and uses the latest technology to explore the shipwrecks as they are today.