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Temporary exhibitions

The Ones We Met 

The Ones We Met 

Inuit traditional knowledge and the Franklin expedition

From February 4 to May 24, 2020

A travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History, in collaboration with the Inuit Heritage Trust.

Photo : Watercolour illustrations by Heather Campbell, an Inuit artist from Nunatsiavut (Labrador) © Canadian Museum of history This exhibition explores the importance of Qaujimajatuqangit — Inuit traditional knowledge — which made it possible to determine the fate of the Franklin Expedition, which had set out in 1845 to complete a Northwest Passage. For generations, Inuit shared memories of meetings with sick and starving men, as well as visits to an abandoned ship locked in the ice.

These oral histories, combined with modern archaeological research, proved instrumental in the eventual location of the wrecks of Franklin’s ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.

1812: Objects to Discover

1812: Objects to Discover In 3 Web Capsules

The Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montréal invites you to explore a little-known side of Canadian history. As part of cross-Canada commemorations of the War of 1812, the Museum produced three web capsules based on items in its collection linked to people and events that marked this decisive event.


The first capsule, on Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, gives the Canadian angle, outlining the rise of the hero of Châteauguay and his august family through objects once in their possession. Artifacts related to the Duke of Kent, a dear friend of Salaberry, and the works of painter and miniaturist Anson Dickinson are also displayed.


The second capsule, on the British angle, focuses on Sir George Prevost, Governor-in-Chief of British North America. The works of influential artists of the period, such as Jean-Baptiste Roy-Audy, and certain military objects, give a better understanding of the British Colony’s defence in the face of an American invasion.


The third capsule, highlighting the Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, examines the War of 1812 from the First Nations’ standpoint. The work of artists and illustrators such as Huron painter Zachary Vincent and American artist George Catlin, and key artefacts such as the dagger used by Tecumseh, one of the heroes of 1812, tangibly illustrate the Amerindian side of the question.

This project was made possible with the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canadian Heritage. The videos are now available on both our YouTube site and our Internet site.The script was produced by Isabelle Trudeau, with the assistance of military history expert Luc Lépine.

Check out our permanent exhibitions as well!

Media and guided tours

Louise Brazeau, Education and Promotion Coordinator