From August 9-12, 2015, the team met in Winnipeg, Manitoba to launch our Partnership Development Grant project, Thinking through the Museum: Difficult Knowledge in Public. The four day workshop began with a field trip to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, located on the Manitoba/Ontario border, where the team and their collaborators toured the community’s Museum of Canadian Human Rights Violations (MCHRV). The MCHRV is a grassroots response to the community’s decade long water crisis as a result of settler colonial expansion, also prompted by the recent opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. The PDG team is in conversation with the MCHRV organizers about ways that researchers might support their efforts.
The workshop also included a meeting with curators and researchers at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, with whom the PDG team is exploring possibilities for future partnership and collaboration.
Finally, core members and collaborators of the team met at the University of Winnipeg to debrief and envision the project’s next steps, including a workshop to be held in Ottawa, Spring 2016 on the theme of Decolonizing Curatorial Pedagogies.
photo credits: Lauren Bosc