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      Constructing patriotism: How Canada's History Hall has evolved over 50 years

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            In this article, I illustrate how the national narrative in Canada's Museum of History has evolved over 50 years. Located in the national capital of Ottawa, the new Canada's History Hall presents a concise overview of a nation, stretching from time immemorial to the present. It was opened on 1 July 2017 as a signature exhibition in celebration of Canada's sesquicentennial. It also represents a fourth manifestation of a national museum narrative for Canada. From humble beginnings in 1967 (when Canada celebrated its centennial), the narrative has changed substantially in response to national policies and societal values. Adopting a critical discourse analysis methodology, and drawing from archival evidence, I analyse how this national narrative has evolved. Canada's History Hall presents Canadian students with a concise national template for remembering Canada's past. Over the past 50 years, this narrative has changed, as curators have employed artefacts and museum environments to construct patriotic pride in their nation. Until 2017, this narrative was blatantly exclusionary of Indigenous voices. More recently, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has called for reconciliation in education, including public forums for education. The Canadian Museum of History has responded to this call by weaving Indigenous voices into the national narrative of the new Canadian History Hall. In so doing, I argue, the museum has successfully entwined patriotism with reconciliation against past wrongs.

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            Journal
            75011015
            History Education Research Journal
            UCL IOE Press
            1472-9474
            1472-9466
            26 October 2018
            : 15
            : 2
            : 292-307
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            1472-9474(20181026)15:2L.292;1- s10.phd /ioep/herj/2018/00000015/00000002/art00010
            10.18546/HERJ.15.2.10
            13254c1d-0d95-4b8f-bb25-eb88d3f8a50d
            Copyright @ 2018
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            Educational research & Statistics,General education,History
            NATIONAL NARRATIVES,TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION OF CANADA,INDIGENOUS HISTORY,PATRIOTISM,MUSEUMS,CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY,CANADA

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