Markham Interactive Exhibit

Experience a Newcomer’s First Day in Canada Through Their First Impressions!

Markham Museum marks the first museum in Ontario to host the bilingual exhibition Canada: Day 1.

On display until June 7, 2015, Canada: Day 1 invites you to explore immigrants’ diverse personal Day 1 experiences in Canada, from Confederation to present day. This travelling exhibition is produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a legacy project of our nation’s 150th anniversary in 2017 and supported by RBC Foundation. Markham Museum received $15,000 from the Government of Canada via the Museum’s Assistance Program: Exhibition Circulation Fund to support the museum in hosting this exhibition.

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. Visitors are welcomed to explore 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.

Markham Museum has added exhibition elements that explore our communities’ immigration experiences. Twelve local individuals, including MP for Oak Ridges-Markham, Paul Calandra, were interviewed. You can learn of their experiences through personal keepsakes and their own words.

“As one of the most diverse cities in Canada, Markham is pleased to be the first Ontario stop for this nationally-acclaimed exhibition as it makes its way across the country,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Known for highlighting shared experiences of settlement, environment and technology, Markham Museum once again leads the way in highlighting how Markham’s history is relevant to all our residents. It is the perfect venue to host this exhibition that speaks to the shared experience of immigration.”

“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.”

Canada: Day 1 is sure to spark ongoing conversations and further reflections on collective Canadian identity. A school program around the exhibition is available and Canada: Day 1 will be incorporated into Markham Museum’s upcoming events and public programs.

Screenshot (133) About Markham Museum:

Since 1971, Markham Museum has offered a unique family and educational
experience, on 25 acres of parkland, featuring over 20 historic buildings.  Representing the main themes of settlement, as it relates to the environment, and the technologies used to adapt to life, the Museum’s many quality programs focus on the ongoing growth of our community. The Museum’s exhibitions and events also aim to engage the community as a whole and attracts over 50,000 visitors to Markham and the Greater Toronto Area each year.

Markham Museum About Markham:

Markham, a municipality with more than 330,000 residents centrally located in the
Greater Toronto area, is home to 400 corporate head offices and 900 high tech and  life science companies. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community, and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Canada’s newest urban city as of July 1, 2012, Markham has received the Excellence Canada PEP III Integrated and Accessibility Awards, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.
Screenshot (134) About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21:

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier
21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is  situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada. For more information, visit  HERE

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