A five-storey, 600,000 cubic feet industrial space is transformed for this walkthrough exhibit.
A partnership between the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and seven elders from Anishinaabe, Cree and Dakota nations, Mikinak-Keya Spirit Tour focuses on the seven sacred teachings and animals that shape the Indigenous way of life: humility (wolf), wisdom (beaver), respect (buffalo), honesty (sabe/bigfoot), truth (turtle), courage (bear) and love (eagle). Guides, gifted with knowledge from the elders, take visitors through the Indigenous Perspectives gallery and around the museum to observe the architecture from an indigenous viewpoint. A bird’s eye photo of the museum, which resembles a paw print, represents the wolf’s humility. The 90-minute tour includes the Tower of Hope with a panoramic view of the city.
[This story appears in the June 2017 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated]