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The Museum has an Opportunity and an Obligation

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Published on Jan 16, 2019

Featuring Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), Rueben George (Tsleil-Waututh), and Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa).

"I am someone, like many others are, who is in the process of making history. My people knew that our great-grandchildren would talk about the day that their grandparents stood in front of the pipeline that never became. And that is a story I want told in museums." --Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe)

"More people go to museums than sporting events. That's a lot of power to educate people on the true facts. If you have that power, that can benefit everybody. We should be able to tell the things that we should learn from, abiding by the teachings that we've been governed by for thousands of years that wouldn't let something like this [oil refinery on our inlet] happen." --Reuben George (Tsleil-Waututh)

"We are at a moment where we all need to get involved. It is time to act. Museums can't just be museums, they can't remain static, they need to be very active. Museums have an obligation to educate with the truth. They can't just say "here is a beautiful mountain or lake", they have to teach the reality of who lives there and what they do, so that these places continue to exist. If museums do this, children, students and other interested people are going to get more involved, and are going to be able to help us save this world that is in crisis. The ideal museum would speak the truth, educate about these realities, and support these struggles." -- Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa)

Video by The Natural History Museum: http://thenaturalhistorymuseum.org

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