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History In The Making

Renelle Sib and Alex Silas hold hands outside Parliament Hill in Ottawa during a rally against racism that drew thousands of people on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Trevor Pritchard/CBC)

We are living history in the making.  Coping with COVID.  Preparing for a paradigm shift in how we live, work and play together – and apart.
And, we’re being reminded in other ways that we’re All Human.

It was a small step towards justice when thousands of residents in the Capital, including the Prime Minister, participated in the ‘No Peace Until Justice’ march and demonstration on June 5 in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.  From Parliament Hill, to the Senate, Courthouse, and Human Rights Monument, it spoke volumes about the values of our collective community.

As an organization, Capital Heritage Connexion is reflecting on how we can best support this movement to eradicate systemic anti-Black racism.  We support and seek diversity and equity in our Membership, Board, Staff, partners, collaborators and participants in heritage, but acknowledge that we still have work to do.  We welcome you to join us in reflecting on how the heritage community can support this movement.

The Connexion continues to champion the rich tapestry that is woven by our diverse histories and heritages.  In February, we celebrated Black History, and Heritage, Month.  In May, we marked Asian History Month.  Now in June, we invite you to join us in embracing Filipino, Italian, National Indigenous History, and Pride Month.

And, apropos of National Indigenous History Month, the Connexion is pleased to welcome our newest Member, Know History, and congratulate them on being one of three winners of the 2020 Canadian Historical Association Prize in Public History.  The company won for its work on the Historic Métis Communities Video Project, done in partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).  We also invite All to join our Membership, now free in 2020 due to these challenging circumstances.  And, to support our valued Members as they gradually and carefully re-open or re-position their venues and programs to welcome All, in person or virtually.

Catherine Lindquist,
Executive Director