• Red Memory, virtual exhibition
Jun 09, 2015

Wendake, June 9, 2015 – The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) is proud to present the virtual representation of the Red Memory museum exhibition. The exhibition, now accessible to all, relates the history of Indian residential schools in Quebec. The timing of the virtual launch is particularly poignant, coinciding as it does with the historic release of the report prepared by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada.

 

The travelling museum exhibition was presented for the fifth national event of the TRC, at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel in April 2013. At the time, hundreds of visitors came to experience this unique representation. Several public figures also took the time to visit Red Memory, including the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Bernard Valcourt, the Quebec Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Élizabeth Larouche, Joé Juneau, the TRC commissioners (Murray Sinclair, Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson), the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn Atleo, the regional chiefs as well as many other chiefs.

 

Red Memory then continued its journey and was housed at the Huron-Wendat Museum, the Mashteuiatsh Amerindian Museum, and finally at the Abenakis Museum, in Odanak.   

 

In order to make this important exhibition accessible to all, the FNQLHSSC created an online, user-friendly tour that presents all the information from the exhibition, such as short excerpts from movies, texts, images and narratives.

 

Red Memory sheds the light on a truth, long buried in a historical context steeped in colonialism, whose time has finally come: the truth of Indian residential schools.

 

The exhibition’s scenario and layout was designed to empower people and lay the foundation for a meaningful dialogue between survivors and the general public. The exhibition gives survivors an outlet to speak out so that visitors may understand the nature of the injuries, losses, and the assault of cultural assimilation they sustained. Among other things, this exhibition paves the way for healing, but also for a new dialogue with non-Aboriginal society, a dialogue based on real recognition for the differences that make us all unique...

 

Thanks to the online tour, visitors can explore the exhibition at their own pace, guided by their own emotions. At their leisure, they can follow the insightful series of intimate and poetic texts inspired by the survivors’ accounts as they negotiate the space of each theme.   

Everyone is invited to take the online tour to gain a better understanding of this chapter in the history of First Nations, at www.cssspnql.com.

 

Enjoy your visit!

 

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Source:    Chantal Cleary

Communications Agent

FNQLHSSC

Tel.: 418-842-1540, ext. 240