A His­tory HAll for All

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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.

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