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NOT A MUSEUM, BUT A COMMUNITY OF RELATIONSHIPS: A CANADIAN ECOMUSEUM CASE STUDY

  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Canadian Studies
  • Abbr : APJCS
  • 2023, 29(2), pp.105-125
  • DOI : 10.22691/kacs290201
  • Publisher : Korea Association For Canadian Studies
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > North America > Canada
  • Received : September 10, 2023
  • Accepted : December 8, 2023
  • Published : December 31, 2023

Christopher Gunter 1

1Saint-Paul University

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Inspired by Indigenous notions of relationality, accountability and holism, this paper examines an ecomuseum case study, l’Écomusée du patrimoine funéraire et commémoratif, to better understand its activist community forming claims. In particular, this pap er seeks to describe and analyze how this ecomuseums' relationships with the environment and community take form (i.e., projects, practices, objects, values, etc.), and discuss what this model of museum implies for its community, and as a possible model fo r other organizations to adopt. Implications regarding its holistic structure, values, and mission, and aims for public participation will be juxtaposed with the classic iteration of public museums. Although previous studies have studied aspects of ecomuse ums regarding their history, their connection to policy change, this article’s aim is to examine and compare this ecomuseum, with emphasis on the intimate relationship and communal claims regarding how it views, builds, organizes and understands its relati onships with its public and larger ecosystem.

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