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Explore unforgettable moments in our history.
Paul Henderson scores the winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series. A little boy runs after his father marching off to war. Terry Fox is silhouetted by headlights of a police cruiser on his Marathon of Hope. The Snapshots of Canada exhibition pairs 50 compelling images with texts by well-known authors, journalists and historians. Images ranging from high drama to simple joy are tangible reminders of the triumphs, failures and sacrifices that have shaped our country.
The Snapshots of Canada travelling exhibition was developed by the Canadian Museum of History and Canada’s History. The photographs were drawn from 100 Photos That Changed Canada (2009) and 100 Days That Changed Canada (2011), published by Canada’s History and HarperCollins Canada. The images and accompanying text explore Canada from four perspectives: Building a Country, Living Together, Seeking Justice and Celebrating Culture. Contributors include literary non-fiction writer Charlotte Gray, best-selling novelist Lawrence Hill, historian Desmond Morton, archivist Jim Burant, award-winning military historian Tim Cook, and journalist Peter Mansbridge.
Other emblematic events covered in the exhibition include the fight for women’s rights, the residential school system, the election of the Parti Québécois and the second sovereignty referendum, the Winnipeg General Strike, the legalization of same-sex marriage, the trial of Métis leader Louis Riel, the deportation of Japanese-Canadians after the Second World War, and the standoff at Oka.
The photos were chosen for their emotional impact, their aesthetic appeal, their uniqueness, and the significance of the subject they depict. They were also chosen for the way they reflect who we were, who we are today, and who we can aspire to become as Canadians.
Note: Snapshots of Canada will be closed March 7 - 14, 2018
An exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History and Canada's History.