Anishinaabewin Maamninendimowin: Pane Gii-Bite (Indigenous Ingenuity: Timeless Inventions), presented by Indigenous Tourism Ontario and Science North, has opened its doors to the public at the North Bay Museum.
North Bay is the sixth stop of the tour, having already made recent stops in Serpent River and M’Chigeeng. Over the next two years, the exhibition will be travelling to approximately 20 communities across the north, presenting a clever and novel mix of science and culture intended to stir a sense of pride among First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities.
Indigenous Ingenuity: Timeless Inventions is on display at the North Bay Museum, until Saturday, July 1 and you can see the exhibition with your ticket to the museum, from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The development of the customized exhibition and tour will reach communities across northern Ontario until June 2024. Elements of the main exhibition have been redesigned into a tour-sized format capable of efficient travel, easy to install and host while "maintaining an impactful and engaging visitor experience," says a release.
In addition, this version adds new content inclusive of northern Ontario, including content that was developed in close collaboration with Science North's Indigenous advisors.
"The northern tour of this exhibit will create a significant economic impact in the north through growth and diversification of the tourism sector, as well as job creation at Indigenous Tourism Ontario, Science North, and partner attractions," the release continues.
“This is a fantastic event that Indigenous Tourism Ontario and Science North have organized for the residents of North Bay and area and something that will leave a lasting impression on our constituents," said MP Anthony Rota. "Museums and travelling exhibits play a key role in preserving our heritage, supporting innovation, and fostering a greater sense of understanding and pride among Canadians of all ages and backgrounds.
“We encourage the North Bay community, and visitors to the area, to join us for this wonderful opportunity to better understand the diversity, interconnectedness, and resourceful ways of knowing that Indigenous innovations provide in the global community. We welcome all families and individuals to experience this hands-on, tactile, and immersive adventure while having fun and learning,” added Sarah Aubertin, Acting Director, North Bay Museum.
“Science North has brought many exciting festivals, events, and exhibitions to North Bay," says Ashley Larose, CEO – Science North. "We are pleased to bring another one-of-a-kind exhibition to this community."
The Indigenous Ingenuity: Timeless Inventions travelling exhibition is supported by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, and the Government of Canada. For more information about the Indigenous Ingenuity tour and upcoming stops on its tour, visit sciencenorth.ca/indigenous-
The Igloo installation in the exhibition is an original creation by the National Film Board, directed by Dan Thornhill, designed to bring to life the richness of Canadian Inuit culture. For more information, visit NFB.ca/Unikkausivut.