A History HAll for All
Don’t look for the term “New World” in the new History Hall. The Americas may have been new to Christopher Columbus but not to the thousands of Aboriginals already there.
That’s just one example of how the former Canada Hall has been retooled to become the Canadian History Hall through consultations with outside advisors, including First Nations' people, academics and others.
The word “Iroquois” will remain, in fine print, but get used to seeing Haudenosaunee in bold type. That’s their traditional name. And the story of Canada's fur trade includes an Aboriginal perspective.
A women’s committee of advisors ensured the museum “genders history” or presents history from both female and male perspectives. That means the story of New France is partially told by Les Filles du Roi, the women sent from France to marry early colonial men. Likewise, the history of world wars is told by soldiers and their wives back home.
The Hall's goal is to be entertaining, inclusive and informative.