Building Collaborative Relations & Exhibit Design
Some of our recent capital campaign advertising has featured the headline “Every canoe tells a story.” With more than 600 canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft in our collection, there are countless stories to be told – stories that have a pivotal role to play in understanding our past – and our collective future. But right now, our ability to care for the collection, showcase and share, is limited. We are continually pushing against the limitations of our 1960s-era factory buildings. As stewards of this cultural asset of national significance (Senate of Canada, 2013), we are building it a new home that aspires to be as innovative as the canoe itself.
The new museum will be much more than an approximately 85,000 square-foot facility. The building is stunning – its architecture, award-winning. Its visionary design and 1.5-acre green roof will stand alone as a draw. And this past year, as we began to build the foundation for the development of a whole new suite of exhibits, we became even more aware of the opportunity – and the responsibility – before us.
As we work to develop these exhibits and in essence, a whole new visitor experience, we will honour the cultural histories and stories within the collection. To do so in the best way possible, we have been working to broaden and deepen our collaborative relations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit close to home and from coast to coast to coast.