Since 2011 three travelling exhibitions about Anne Frank have been touring Canada. Additional panels show Canadian stories related to the Second World War. Hundreds of students have been trained as guides. In 2015 the video and debate programmes Memory Walk and Free2choose-Create was launched.
The travelling exhibition
The travelling Anne Frank exhibition in Canada is shown in high schools, museums, and other cultural centres. Two copies are specifically developed for use in high schools whereas one copy is more suited for use in a museum setting. So far, the Canadian tour of the Anne Frank exhibition has included presentations in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, and the Yukon territory. In 2017, the exhibition made a short appearance in the province of Saskatchewan as well. In 2019, the exhibition will reach Alberta for the first time. In 2017, thanks to financial support and partnership, one special version of the exhibition was translated in Inuktitut to reach Inuit communities in Northern Québec.
The tour of the travelling Anne Frank exhibitions in Canada is supported by Veterans Affairs Canada through its Community Engagement Partnership Fund.
Since the Summer of 2015, the exhibitions presented in Canada have been showing additional panels dealing with the role and experiences of Canadian soldiers during the Second World War. Visitors can explore different stories of Canadians during the war, such as the role that women played in Canada and overseas, the experiences of the soldiers that took part in the liberation of the Netherlands, and the everyday life of the Canadian Prisoners of War. These stories are told through historical artefacts which help visitors to better understand the impact of the war on these personal lives. The additional panels encourage the venues that participate in the project to research the stories of veterans and Holocaust survivors from their community and to share them with the visitors.
Discussing Human Rights
Free2choose-Create was launched in Peterborough, Ontario, in 2015. In a three-day seminar, eight students and faculty members of Trent University discussed human rights dilemmas and how they occur in contemporary Canada. One video clip that was created during the seminar focused on the issue of whether the government of Canada should have access to all communication of its citizens via email or social media in its fight against terrorism.
The first Memory Walk workshop took place in May 2015. A group of young people from different universities and cultural centres in Vancouver created two video clips on monuments in the city. One of the film clips focused on the monument in commemoration of the incident of the Komagata Maru in 1914, a ship with refugees from India seeking refuge in Canada. The refugees were denied access to Canada and were sent back to India. The other video showcased a small and quite unknown monument in Vancouver remembering over a thousand Aboriginal women who have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada since the 1980s.
For more information on the activities organised in Canada, please contact the Anne Frank House project coordinator.
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