Don’t miss it! Explore rarely seen treasures in our exhibition, “Canada: Who Do We Think We Are?”

Canada 150 celebrations may be over, but there’s still time to take part in one of our most unforgettable exhibitions. Canada: Who Do We Think We Are? runs until March 1, 2018, in Ottawa.

Don’t miss your chance to experience some of Canada’s most important treasures. The exhibition features original historical documents as well as famous literary and art works from Library and Archives Canada’s extensive collection.

Discover interesting takes on Canadian identity

Join us in looking beyond 150 years of Confederation when figures like Samuel de Champlain were already exploring the potential of our great land, right up to the recent past, with modern ideas of Canada that will seem familiar to most. By today’s standards, certain past ideas about Canada may seem surprising or even a little shocking. Some of the exhibition content is beautiful and awe-inspiring and some is quirky and comical. Overall, these varied documents, works of art and objects provide different perspectives on what it means to be Canadian.

If you live in, or are visiting the nation’s capital, experience this unique and fascinating perspective of our nation.

Free admission
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Library and Archives Canada
10 am to 5 pm daily


Here’s a sneak peak of what you will see:


Fort Chambly

Krieghoff’s paintings helped establish a popular imagery of Canada. They generally include the same well-known elements: a frozen river, a red sleigh, a habitant cabin and children playing in the snow.

Cornelius Krieghoff, ca. 1858
Oil on canvas
Library and Archives Canada, e011155058


Mrs. Juschereau de St. Denis LeMoine dressed as the Dominion of Canada

Mr. Juchereau de St. Denis LeMoine dressed as Jacques Cartier

This pair of costumed party-goers illustrates a common colonial myth. The man is dressed as an explorer, or conqueror; his wife symbolizes his conquest, Canada.

William James Topley, 1876
Library and Archives Canada, e011091707 and e011091705


Ookpik Salutes Canada’s Flag

Many saw this Inuit-style owl as a better national symbol for Canada than the beaver. To them, an arctic symbol defined a northern country best. At the time, few were concerned about borrowing from Inuit culture.

Ookpik was a hit during the 1960s. It even helped introduce Canada’s flag. But now it’s almost impossible to find Ookpik outside of an archives.

Government of Canada after Jeannie Snowball, 1967
Enamel on metal
Library and Archives Canada, e008303237
©Government of Canada

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