Conference Schedule

Monday, September 9:
3 pm - Registration Opens 

Please come to the Group Entrance as the museum will be closed to the public.  
4 pm - Tours by Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Join interpreters from our host site for a look at exhibitions, architecture and human rights stories, all led by staff who know the CMHR inside and out.
pm - Evening Opening Reception and Interpretive Showcase 
Cocktail-style snacks and beverages followed by rapid-fire presentations from our conference participants.

Tuesday, September 10:

Keynote Address: Dialogue: Interpretation by Committee
Sarah Pharaon, Senior Director, Methodology and Practice, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

2019 is the twentieth anniversary of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and less illustriously, marks twenty years since Sarah began helping perfect strangers talk about difficult topics with each other.  Her keynote will share lessons on dialogue drawn from the practice of 275 sites of memory, 66 nations, 7 evaluators, 3 trainers, one partner and both of her two kids.

As Senior Director of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Sarah leads over 260 historic sites dedicated to using dialogue to connect visitors to the past and envision more just and humane futures. 
Sarah works with interpreters in building a global community of dialogic practice, and is a consulting expert on dialogue and community engagement for the United States National Park Service. Sarah has worked with the Ontario Museum Association and has recently begun providing training across Canada through Parks Canada. 

Concurrent Sessions - click here for details

Supper at the Forks Market 
Unwind after a thought provoking day at The Forks Market, next door to the CMHR. Enjoy a beverage, or two, and choose your own meal. Gift cards will be provided to all participants, with access to over 20 food vendors. Our Friends from Parks Canada will be on site with special activities. You can also spend some time exploring The Forks Market, The Forks National Historic Site, or take a walk along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

Wednesday, September 11:

Off-site Sessions
An Interpretation Canada conference wouldn't be complete without a chance to explore the cultural and natural heritage sites of our host city and talk to the interpreters that bring them to life.  Off-site Sessions are an opportunity to gather ideas, discuss challenges, and get to know other conference participants.  

We are offering three different opportunities for conference participants.  Each itinerary is limited to 30 participants.  Transportation, lunch, and admission fees are included with your conference registration.  

Indigenous Cultural Day - authentic experiences, created by the community, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Manitoba Museum.

Explore Winnipeg Day - The ultimate exploration of all things Winnipeg! Enjoy a historic walking tour, delivered by The Exchange District Biz, lunch at the Fools and Horses coffee shop, and ride in style with the Winnipeg Trolley Company.

Keep it Natural Day - Fort Whyte Alive is more than just a nature centre, wildlife refuge, or a place for education – their 640 acres of protected urban greenspace is an award-winning destination for incredible outdoor experiences.

Evening on your own
We'll leave dinner planning up to you on Wednesday. Join a group of colleagues for dinner, or have a relaxing evening off. 
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be also be open Wednesday evening if you'd like to spend more time exploring.

Thursday, September 12:

Keynote Address:

J'net Ayayqwayaksheelth (One who gives away and stands tall) 
Indigenous Outreach and Learning Coordinator, Royal Ontario Museum

We are walking through a tender time in Canadian history where difficult truths are being revealed about the colonial agenda in this country. This keynote will explore how we shift museum interpretation from monologues to actual dialogue. Whose story are we currently telling? What is missing from the story? What scares us? What do we do with our bias/privilege? These questions are meant to invite critical self-reflection as we tackle difficult conversations that also seek out positive outcomes.

J'net Ayayqwayaksheelth (One who gives away and still stands tall) is the Indigenous Outreach and Learning Coordinator at the Royal Ontario Museum. As part of the Learning Department, J'net leads the development and implementation of relevant Indigenous content and perspectives in School Visits and community outreach programs. This work is designed to advance awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Indigenous cultures and heritage in both historical and contemporary contexts. J’net also developed an Indigenous Advisory Circle of knowledge carriers, elders, youth, and artists to assist ROM with the authentic representation of Indigenous peoples in educational programming, youth programs, and expand our outreach throughout the province.

Interpretation Canada's Annual General Meeting 

Our Annual General Meeting is your chance to learn more about Interpretation Canada, and elect new board members.

Concurrent Sessions - click here for details


What's an unconference you ask? It's a participant driven gathering. This is our opportunity to include completely dialogic and participatory sessions in our conference about dialogue. On Tuesday, we'll be asking you what topics you'd like to explore and discuss and choose four categories for Thursday. We will help facilitate but you, our conference participants, will drive the sessions.

Evening at Lower Fort Garry 

Mix and mingle with first-person interpreters in period costume at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. Learn their stories while exploring one of the finest collections of early stone buildings in Western Canada. From tales of a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post, to the signing of Treaty Number 1 and to one of the first training grounds for the North West Mounted Police – this amazing site is yours to discover. 

After we explore, we'll enjoy a catered dinner and our Awards of Excellence presentations.

Friday, September 13:

9am- 11am 
Post Conference Visit to Oak Hammock Marsh
Unwind and spend a bit more time with your colleagues as we participate in a songbird banding session and canoe excursion at Oak Hammock Marsh

This post-conference session requires separate registration. Please register by calling Oak Hammock Marsh at 204-467-3300.  There is a cost of $25 for the activity.  Let them know you are part of the Interpretation Canada group. Please note, transportation is not provided to Oak Hammock Marsh.

Post-conference Winnipeg Exploration:

Your Winnipeg Transit pass is still valid on Friday so take advantage and explore the city!  Spend some extra time in the galleries at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights with your new membership, generously provided be CMHR as part of your registration package. There are a host of other amazing sites around the city. Visit Tourism Winnipeg for ideas.

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