Embassy of Canada Art Gallery in Washington
Our Canada, My Story
Currently on display in the Embassy of Canada’s art gallery is Our Canada, My Story, a travelling interactive exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights which uses video vignettes to showcase uplifting, contemporary stories of 7 remarkable people that explore their struggles for equality, inclusion and dignity:
- Ali is a Halifax firefighter and basketball coach who arrived as a refugee from Somalia;
- Thomas was a Calgary dancer with cerebral palsy who took a leading role with a theatrical performance company;
- Mona and her same‐sex partner in Montréal won the legal right to be equally recognized as the parents of their children;
- Widia fights for the rights of Indigenous women in Quebec;
- Kevin uses music to help newcomers in Vancouver, inspired by the experiences of his Japanese and Chinese grandparents;
- Sylvia introduces viewers to the struggle for affordable, nutritious food in the North;
- Shawn celebrates French language in Saskatchewan through his rap music performances.
Our Canada, My Story invites visitors to make connections that challenge perceptions, celebrate diversity, and consider what links us all as Canadians. The gallery is set up with a viewing pod and lounge area where visitors can select from a tablet any of the 7 short (approx. 5 min) stories to watch.
The Government of Canada is strongly committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI), and the Embassy has a DEI pledge that commits each of us to do our part to eradicate systemic racism and discrimination at work, at home and in our communities. DEI also one of the 6 pillars of The Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.‑Canada Partnership, where both countries set out a blueprint to overcome the daunting challenges of today and realize the full potential of the relationship into the future.
Our Canada, My Story will be exhibited at the Embassy of Canada’s art gallery until January 2023 before moving on to one of our other U.S. missions.
Located at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the gallery is accessible Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, free of charge.
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