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Cross-Canada Tour Comes to Red Deer

Cross-Canada Tour Comes to Red Deer

Canada: Day 1 — Explore First Steps, First Impressions and First Experiences as a Newcomer to Canada

Red Deer, AB — The cross-Canada tour of Canada: Day 1, an exciting exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will open at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery on May 21 and runs until August 14th. 

Canada: Day 1 is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a legacy project of our nation’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Supported nationally by RBC Foundation, Canada: Day 1 explores immigrants’ diverse experiences, from Confederation to present day. Newcomers’ unique and shared experiences—across time and cultures—are highlighted in a thoughtful way through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and your participation. Explore Canada: Day 1 through the themes of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters, Finding Your Way and Reflections. You will be transported back to your first day in Canada, or inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer’s shoes.

“Day 1 in a new country is an important milestone. Whether you came to Canada by ship 50 years ago, or by plane five years ago, whether you came on your own, or surrounded by family, that first day as an immigrant is experienced in a very personal way. We are delighted that Albertans will be able to experience this fascinating exhibition where newcomers’ unique and shared experiences – across time and cultures – are highlighted in a thoughtful way.”
Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

With a $500,000 gift from the RBC Foundation, the Canadian Museum of Immigration has collected stories from more than 1,000 immigrants across Canada through its oral history program.

It commissioned original artworks and collected archival images for the exhibition, from Confederation to today. Also displayed are items the immigrants interviewed for this project carried in their luggage to Canada, including beans from Italy, instant noodle soups from Hong Kong, family photo albums, jewelry, books and even stuffed animals.


“This exhibition offers us the opportunity to see Canada with fresh eyes – as newcomers over the past 100 years have experienced it. It invites us to remember the stories of friends and relatives and their first arrivals in our community. It also offers the opportunity for us to extend hands of welcome to those who have just recently arrived here, and invite them to share their stories. Canada Day 1 is a very timely exhibition, and we are pleased to host it, and to present a great variety of activities for our visitors to enjoy”.
Lorna Johnson, Executive Director, Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

The exhibition will on display at the MAG until August 14, 2016. Regular and special programs have been planned using the theme, and are ongoing throughout the summer. The community is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, May 29th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. For a full schedule of the day’s events, please visit our website, http://www.reddeermuseum.com/exhibits-and-events/canada-day-1-opening-reception-1/ .
For further information, please contact Kim Verrier, Visitor Experience Coordinator at 403-309-8405 or by email, kim.verrier@reddeer.ca.

Cross-Canada Tour Comes to Red Deer

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2016


Cross-Canada Tour Comes to Red Deer

Canada: Day 1 — Explore First Steps, First Impressions and First Experiences as a Newcomer to Canada

Red Deer, AB — The cross-Canada tour of Canada: Day 1, an exciting exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will open at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery on May 21 and runs until August 14th. 

Canada: Day 1 is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a legacy project of our nation’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Supported nationally by RBC Foundation, Canada: Day 1 explores immigrants’ diverse experiences, from Confederation to present day. Newcomers’ unique and shared experiences—across time and cultures—are highlighted in a thoughtful way through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and your participation. Explore Canada: Day 1 through the themes of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters, Finding Your Way and Reflections. You will be transported back to your first day in Canada, or inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer’s shoes.

“Day 1 in a new country is an important milestone. Whether you came to Canada by ship 50 years ago, or by plane five years ago, whether you came on your own, or surrounded by family, that first day as an immigrant is experienced in a very personal way. We are delighted that Albertans will be able to experience this fascinating exhibition where newcomers’ unique and shared experiences – across time and cultures – are highlighted in a thoughtful way.”
Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

With a $500,000 gift from the RBC Foundation, the Canadian Museum of Immigration has collected stories from more than 1,000 immigrants across Canada through its oral history program.

It commissioned original artworks and collected archival images for the exhibition, from Confederation to today. Also displayed are items the immigrants interviewed for this project carried in their luggage to Canada, including beans from Italy, instant noodle soups from Hong Kong, family photo albums, jewelry, books and even stuffed animals.


“This exhibition offers us the opportunity to see Canada with fresh eyes – as newcomers over the past 100 years have experienced it. It invites us to remember the stories of friends and relatives and their first arrivals in our community. It also offers the opportunity for us to extend hands of welcome to those who have just recently arrived here, and invite them to share their stories. Canada Day 1 is a very timely exhibition, and we are pleased to host it, and to present a great variety of activities for our visitors to enjoy”.
Lorna Johnson, Executive Director, Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

The exhibition will on display at the MAG until August 14, 2016. Regular and special programs have been planned using the theme, and are ongoing throughout the summer. The community is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, May 29th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. For a full schedule of the day’s events, please visit our website, http://www.reddeermuseum.com/exhibits-and-events/canada-day-1-opening-reception-1/ .
For further information, please contact Kim Verrier, Visitor Experience Coordinator at 403-309-8405 or by email, kim.verrier@reddeer.ca.

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