MUSEUM & RECONCILIATION
On 18 June 2019, the Transcona Museum signed Winnipeg's Indigenous Accord.
Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord is a living document to guide our shared commitment to the Journey of Reconciliation in Winnipeg, rooted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and guided by the commitments and principles contained in the Accord.
Transcona Museum’s commitment is to build positive relationships and to explore opportunities with Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups for the continued growth of the museum through its programs, exhibitions, collections and archives. We could do this by inviting Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups to the museum
in consultation and friendship, as well as participate in Truth and Reconciliation activities both held at the museum and the community. We are committed to Calls to Action: 62, 67-70, 77, 78.
Our Progress, 2019-2021
Practicing traditional territories acknowledgments at in-person and virtual events, meetings and gatherings.
Collections & Archives
Museum staff have started to review our collections and archives for materials related to the residential school system that can be shared with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
The Transcona Museum provides care for sacred and culturally sensitive Indigenous objects. Museum staff are working to establish an Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Policy for those objects that have ongoing historical or cultural importance to living individuals, communities, and organizations.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Introduction to Swampy Cree Language session - This was a free event held during National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019. Lead by our Métis summer student, this language session was well-attended by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants.
Museums and Reconciliation - The Transcona Museum offered a small talk focusing on the role of museums and archives in reconciliation. The presentation was attended by a number of Métis individuals and afterwards, there was a discussion where people shared their truths and histories.
Museum staff are continuing to participate in education and training courses including Indigenous Canada (offered by the University of Alberta), as well as workshops/sessions offered by provincial and national museum and archive associations.