Two new travelling exhibits are coming to the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre (LCSC) in July. One of them explores First Nations agriculture, while the other looks back on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
AgriCulture, running from July 1 to 23, is produced through the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC). It uses visual arts to examine First Nations contributions to farming in Canada.
“It’s the first travelling exhibit curated by the First Nations University of Canada using their permanent collection, so that’s kind of exciting,” LCSC manager Shawna Maurice said. “It focuses on the importance of how the Native Americans were the first people to really develop today’s medicines and foods and farming techniques and then as the European settlers came, they picked up on these techniques from the Native Americans and changed them over time but really it all came from the First Peoples.”
A Queen and her Country is produced by the Canadian Museum of History and features over 60 artifacts, as well as artwork and wall panels. Maurice says it will take three days to set up, and a week for the artifacts to acclimatize to their new surroundings.
“It was designed to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth from a Canadian perspective, so it focuses on he first 60 years as Canada’s head of state, her visits to Canada and the connections to our history.”
Maurice says the LCSC chose to feature these exhibits because they can help Canadians better understand their history and get in touch with their past. She says it’s important to draw connections to First Nations history, and sees A Queen and her Country as a good opportunity to mark Canada’s 2017 sesquicentennial year and the queen’s jubilee anniversary at the same time. Maurice says she hopes people come away from the exhibits with a greater appreciation and understanding of the subject matter.
“(With) AgriCulture I hope that people continue to be more aware and appreciative of the First Peoples and the fact that they were here before us and a lot of our practices do come from them,” she said. “Queen and Country ... I hope people would just find it entertaining and learn something about the queen. Not many people know even today that she’s technically our head of state.”
Also coming to the LCSC are its Summer Sensations day camps and programming, which are open to children ages three to 15. The deadlines to register for July and August programs are June 19 and July 27 respectively.