Canada: Who Do We Think We Are?

Exhibition banner: Canada: Who Do We Think We Are?

Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Free public access
Exhibition hours
Weekdays 10 am – 5 pm
Weekends 10 am – 5 pm

Visiting the National Capital Region this year? Walk through the doors of Library and Archives Canada near the Parliament Buildings, and experience the free exhibition Canada: Who Do We Think We Are? from June 5, 2017 to March 1, 2018.

Get ready to be amused and surprised by this exhibition that explores the different ideas about Canada and about being Canadian, looking beyond our country’s 150 years as a Confederation to earlier periods when figures like Samuel de Champlain were exploring the potential of the country.

As Canada’s official memory, Library and Archives Canada is showcasing rarely seen national treasures in the lobby and in the Morley Callaghan Room.

Check out a few of the many images from our exhibition:

Rare originals

Follow the snowshoe tracks to the Morley Callaghan Room and experience rare and original documents, artifacts and works of art.


View fictional images and sometimes questionable stereotypes of Canada--Beavers that build high-rise lodges, and a national police force that stands for romance.


Explore historical attempts to develop Canada's symbols, survey its land, and inventory its citizens.


What makes Canada unique? Many Canadians may respond with this list: the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, multiculturalism and diversity, peacekeeping, and official bilingualism, but many of these are relatively new ideas.

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