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True North

This year, the theme of Goulbourn Museum’s July 1st programming is True North. 

The lands we now call Canada are home to some of the world’s most northern communities. These lands have the largest latitude range of any country on earth, and winters are known throughout the world as some of the coldest! In fact, all year round, these lands have an average daily temperature of -5.6 degrees celsius.

This July 1st, we invite you to have fun with family through our True North kits and activities, and to reflect on what makes this land unique.

We also ask you to reflect on the past and future of these lands. At Goulbourn Museum, we hope to continually learn, grow, and contribute to truth and reconciliation. Imagining the future requires us to recognize past and ongoing injustices, especially with respect to the treatment of the many Indigenous peoples of the land we now call Canada.

In this spirit, Goulbourn Museum is donating all proceeds from our True North activity kits to the Odawa Native Friendship Centre. The Odawa Native Friendship Centre is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity that serves the Indigenous community in the Ottawa-Carleton Region of Eastern Ontario and surrounding communities. Direct donations can be made here.



We invite you to investigate the following resources:



The instructions for the activities can be found below. If you did not pick up a kit, you can assemble your own materials and follow along from home.



The Goulbourn Museum is located in the City of Ottawa, which is built on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. The Algonquin peoples have lived on and cared for this land since time immemorial. We deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place and thank them for their contributions, as well as the contributions of the Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples in shaping and strengthening this community. As an institution mandated to preserve and communicate local culture, it is absolutely necessary to acknowledge the purposeful exclusion of Indigenous peoples and their culture throughout recorded Canadian history. This acknowledgement recognizes the contributions and historical importance of Indigenous Peoples. The Goulbourn Museum is committed to denouncing historical and ongoing cultural genocide against these groups, decolonizing our narratives and relaying informed representations of local history by contextualizing research with Algonquin perspectives where appropriate.

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