A popular museum is expecting to see more than 4,500 visitors walk through their doors, learning more about truth and reconciliation programming with them this week.
The Manitoba Museum is hosting free programming for four days called Orange Shirt Days, starting on the Nations Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Anya Moodie-Foster, the Acting Head of Learning and Engagement, is hopeful visitors will get a lot out of the programming.
"We are encouraging people to come and learn, reflect, and decide to take some action," Moodie-Foster says. "I would say it's family-friendly, though of course, whenever you do talk about residential schools it is a difficult subject."
Those walking through the visit for the first time in a while will see new exhibits that are part of the museum. Recently, they have added exhibits on the commission's Calls to Actions, on treaties, and residential schools.
"What our job is at the museum is to be a place of dialogue, and of learning. We really want to have an impact on this event."
Working with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), the museum will host their pop-up exhibit showing what they do and what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is. The NCTR also provided them with videos of Indigenous leaders on the topic.
"We worked broadly with the Indigenous community to bring their voices and their story forward. And so we are really pleased to be a place where people can come to learn and reflect and decide how they will take action on reconciliation."
At the end of the exhibits, there is a visitor response station to share their reflections and commitments to reconciliation.
Due to capacity, visitors must book a time to visit. Moodie-Foster says Thursday is filling up quickly, recommending people try for a weekend time instead.