SASKATOON — The Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is excited to announce a new exhibition on loan from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum: Canola: A Story of Canadian Innovation and 3 free admission days.
This interactive exhibition presents the Canadian story of ingenuity behind this healthy and versatile crop now exported to over 50 countries, generating billions for our economy each year. Canola: A Story of Canadian Innovation explores the history and development of canola, its uses in industries from food processing to transportation, and its place on Canadian tables. The exhibition also opens a window into the potential future of canola — visitors will learn, through their five senses, about canola and the current research being conducted to improve its varieties and yield.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum has developed the travelling exhibition in consultation with partners and the Canola Initiative National Advisory Committee (CINAC) to ensure a balanced and broad-spectrum approach for maximum public engagement.
Dr. Peter Phillips speaking at the exhibit opening on November 3, 2022. Photo credit: Diefenbaker Canada Centre
“We are proud to have partnered with experts and associations across the country to showcase this crop and highlight Canadian ingenuity,” said Kerry-Leigh Burchill, Director General of the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. “Canola is a perfect example of the scientific research, technological advancements, precision farming, and entrepreneurial leadership and social questions behind contemporary agriculture.”
Partners on the project include Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Canola Council of Canada, Manitoba Canola Growers Association, and the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission.
The opening for this exhibit and the accompanying micro-exhibit, Agriculture for Zero Hunger, took place on November 3rd.
Micro-exhibit Agriculture for Zero Hunger. Photo credit: Diefenbaker Canada Centre
“Representatives from the USask community came together to share their knowledge about agri-food systems, soil sciences, and agricultural innovation in the province,” said DCC Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits Manager Helanna Gessner. “It was inspiring to see them speak so passionately about how the work of Saskatchewan farmers and researchers makes a significant impact on global food systems.”
Canola: A Story of Canadian Innovation is on display until January 28, 2023. The DCC is excited to announce 3 free admission days with family-friendly activities, sponsored by SaskCanola, on October 29th, November 26th, and January 28th, with the final event including a free Amati concert. For more information, please visit: https://diefenbaker.usask.ca
Véronique Mathieu and Nova Wong, Department of Music, playing the Amati violins during a noon-hour concert. Photo credit: Diefenbaker Canada Centre
More information on this exhibition, including the national tour schedule, can be found here.
Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation
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About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
Ingenium celebrates the innovative spirit of Canadians by telling the stories of those who dared to think differently. Inspired by the power of ingenuity, Ingenium encompasses three national institutions: the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. These three museums are places where the past meets the future, with spaces where visitors can learn, explore, play, and discover. Ingenium continues to evolve — the brand new Ingenium Centre houses Canada’s science and technology collection, a research institute, and a digital innovation lab, all designed to protect priceless Canadian heritage artifacts for the benefit of many generations to come. Beyond the physical walls of its museums, Ingenium’s engaging digital content, outreach programs and travelling exhibitions serve to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.
About the Diefenbaker Canada Centre
The Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) is unique because of both its location on the University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus and its appeal to a diverse audience of all ages and identities. In addition to preserving and interpreting the core collection of personal artifacts bequeathed by Mr. Diefenbaker, the DCC proudly hosts a wide variety of exhibits designed to appeal to audiences of all ages. With affordable admission and programming, and guided tours, the DCC creates a welcoming and accessible environment that bridges the gap between USask and the greater Saskatoon community. Education, learning and discovery are foremost in all activities and exhibits, encouraging visitors to explore and engage with all the DCC offers.