We’ve been collecting and presenting objects and documents for nearly 200 years. So much has changed since then and it’s vital we address the issues of power, racism and inequality in our shared history.
The collection is an incredible tool for education and inspiration but we know some items can cause distress – either because of the stories they tell or the way they were acquired.
We need to have open, honest conversations about the complex histories behind our objects, archives and spaces. We want to increase the diversity of the material we collect, the stories that are told and the people involved in decision-making.
We are dedicated to representing and welcoming our whole community. Please follow us on our journey, we’ll be regularly sharing updates here.
It’s coming up to a year since I wrote the first blog describing the ‘imminent’ return of a hunter’s coat to Aanischaaukamikw, the Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI), and a lot has happened during that time.