Posted tagged ‘Canadian Museum of Civilization’

Canadian history is written by the victors

2013/07/30

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“The [Canadian Museum of Civilization]’s 1990 mandate grandly directed it to “increase, throughout Canada and internationally, interest in, knowledge and critical understanding of and appreciation and respect for human cultural achievements and human behaviour.” [James] Moore’s new law changes that purpose to enhancing “Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity, and also to enhance their awareness of world history and cultures.” Among other complaints, Marshall red-flags the dropping of “critical understanding” as a signal that the job is now to popularize history, rather than probe the past.”

Full article from Maclean’s