Panel Discussions

Taming the Intangible: Techniques for Interpreting Hidden Systems
Host: Erin Poulton (she/her); Panelists: Nadine Dagenais-Dessaint (she/her), Carolyn Holland (she/her), Erin Poulton (she/her) 
Many exhibition topics are intrinsically hidden or obtuse—putting our skills to the test. From air traffic management, to the “superheroes” in our soil, discover Ingenium’s recent strategies for taming the intangible.

Métis Crossing: Revealing Truths and Redefining Relationships
Host: Juanita Marois (she/her); Panelists: Krista Leddy (she/her), Mike Mayer (he/him), Bill Reynolds (he/him)
Culture, world views and relationships cannot be seen but need to be experienced. Open hearts and minds facilitated telling the Métis human experience story by using the Experiential Interpretive Design (EID) planning framework. A successful collaboration between Métis Crossing, a Métis Nation of Alberta cultural heritage site, and EID, an international design team, was a journey of discovery that supported decolonizing the usual “consulting” approach. Empathic coaching and honest communication meant walking in each other’s footsteps.
We’ll share our path to achieving an interpretive and professional safe space that brought to light unseen cultural trappings, invisible viewpoints, and intrinsic cultural habits that we carry.

Everywhere You Go, You Always Take the Weather With You: Designing Climate Change Interpretive Exhibits
Host: Grace Hunter (she/her); Panelists: Kirsti Kivinen, Jason Armstrong (he/him), Yuluo Wei
Climate change has been called the greatest threat of our times. How can you create interpretive exhibits that help audiences understand climate change and become inspired to take meaningful action against this threat? This panel will discuss how two science centres, an art gallery, and a botanical garden tackled designing interpretive climate change exhibits.


Inspiring Visitors to Non-Actions
Jacquie Gilson, InterpActive Planning and Training
Explore ways we could inspire visitors to non-actions, i.e., slowing down and just being. We’ll look at examples of reflection, mindfulness, Shinrin Yoku, Seton sitting and others. Bring your ideas.

Invisible Fact through Invisible Fiction
Maxine Bennett, Banff Canmore Ghost Walks
Come explore how Banff Canmore Ghost Walks uses folklore and storytelling to traverse the intangibles of historical interpretation.

Culture, Guiding Principles and Me: My Journey as a Haida Interpreter
Hannah Fregin (she/her), 
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
Gwaii Haanas’ guiding principles, based on ethics and values from Haida law, are not something you can touch but they guide our work and are woven into all visitor programs.

The Future of History
Andrew Farris (he/him), On This Spot Enterprises
Almost all Canadians now carry a smartphone and this gives them access to tools that can transform and enhance the way they interpret the world around them. There are relatively few apps that use these tools, but their potential is enormous. Join On This Spot as we show you the new technologies bringing to life the history that surrounds you.

Macdonald's Ghost
Don Enright (he/him), Don Enright Consulting

Our first prime minister's legacy is painful, complex, and very much alive. In the last two years I have worked on three high-profile projects that interpret Macdonald; this is what I have learned.

Engaging Youth in Virtual Reality-based Storytelling Using Digital Museum Assets
Amina Chergui (she/her), University of British Columbia
This session explores the possibilities of virtual reality-based storytelling using digital museum resources for teen learners, considering how museum educators might facilitate such endeavours.

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