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Unsettling the Grand - Exhibition Opening


History & heritage Indigenous Museum Truth and Reconciliation
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Guelph Civic Museum

52 Norfolk Street

Guelph, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Celebrate with us the opening of Unsettling the Grand: Legacies of Settlement in the Grand River Valley, from 1700 to Present Day.

What do John Galt and the Canada Company, the Upper and Lower Canadian Rebellions of 1837-38, a canal-building enterprise, and current (and future) land claims all have in common? Using a Two-Eyed Seeing approach, this exhibition examines the failed enterprise of the Grand River Navigation Company (1832-1861) as a lens through which we can explore historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and settler-colonial communities within and along the Grand River watershed.

The exhibition dives into the rich and varied historical tapestries of human settlement in the lands currently known as the Grand River Valley in Southern Ontario, from 1700 to present day. In addition to historical archives, the display includes stories and creative expressions by Indigenous and settler artists who annually paddle the Grand River in a symbolic renewal of the Two Row Wampum.

Unsettling the Grand is guest curated by Robert Flewelling and funded in part by a grant from The Guelph Community Foundation—Musagetes Fund.



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* Collect and protect artifacts, artworks and stories that reflect our community

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