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Hearts of Freedom – Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Promotional image for the Hearts of Freedom exhibition featuring six photographs of groups of refugees. Along the top text reads, "Hearts of Freedom: Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees”. Along the bottom text reads, "On exhibit until April 7, 2024" beside the Hearts of Freedom logo.

Festival Hall

Stories of loss, stories of courage, stories of triumph. The Manitoba Museum is proud to host a pop-up exhibition which shares the emotional and impactful stories of Southeast Asian refugees who came to Canada between 1975 and 1985, and the stories of those who assisted them.

Impacted by the Vietnam War, the Lao Secret War, and the Cambodian Genocide, millions of refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia were forced to flee their homelands and to seek safety in other countries. Hearts of Freedom: Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees tells the stories of these survivors, in their own words and through their unique perspectives, adding to the fabric of the Canadian history of immigration.

The exhibition is comprised of a variety of panels detailing the stories of refugee journeys through photographs and shared memories captured in interviews. Each panel’s interpretive text gives the reader further insight into the paths and obstacles faced by those making the difficult and often dangerous expedition.

The exhibition was created by Dr. Stephanie Stobbe and the Hearts of Freedom Museum Exhibition Committee, in collaboration with Canadian Mennonite University, Carleton University, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Canadian Immigration Historical Society, the Vietnamese Canadian Federation, the Lao Association of Ottawa Valley, the Cambodian Association of Ottawa Valley, the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration, and the Manitoba Museum.

The Hearts of Freedom exhibition tour is funded in part by SSHRC and private funders.

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Access to this exhibition is included in General Admission to the Museum Galleries.


Documentary show times:

Tuesday to Sunday, English: 10:05 am, 11:00 am, 12:55 pm, 1:50 pm

Du mardi au dimanche, Français: 11:55 am, 2:45 pm


Additional English show times on February 2, March 1, and April 5: 3:40 pm, 4:35 pm, 6:20 pm, 7:20 pm

Horaires de spectacle supplémentaires en Français sur 2 février, 1 er mars, 5 avril: 5:30 pm, 8:15 pm


February 27
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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