Canada: Day 1 was a travelling exhibit, engaging communities across the country. The exhibit explored the multifaceted experiences of newcomers on their first day of arrival in Canada, spanning from Confederation to present day, as well as the similarities and diversities of these experiences. The exhibit was designed to appeal to a broad base of Canadians who can relate to the experience of immigration, resettlement and finding their way in a new place.
Newcomers’ unique and shared experiences - across time and cultures - were highlighted in a thoughtful way through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and visitor participation. The exhibit explored the themes of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters, Finding Your Way and Reflections. The exhibit took visitors back to the first day in Canada, and challenged them to imagine themselves in a newcomer’s shoes.
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 required the adaptation and expansion of an existing 1,500 square foot travelling exhibit into its permanent 4,713 square foot exhibit space. This task included incorporating the museum’s existing temporary wall system, cases, and audio‐visual equipment. Additionally, the Museum desired 800 square feet of storage as part of the 4,713 square foot plan.
This project, the adapted version with the working title of Canada: Day 1 Halifax, was displayed in the Museum’s temporary exhibit gallery (the Ralph and Rose Chiodo Gallery). This exhibit was the Museum’s major contribution to the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017.