A travelling exhibition showcasing Canada’s role in international development arrives in Yellowknife next week.
The interactive and bilingual “Together” truck has been driving across Canada for the last three years to showcase how this country drives positive change around the world. Next week’s visit will be its first to the Northwest Territories.
Visitors are invited inside a souped-up transport truck to explore photography, film, audio and objects that speak to Canada’s efforts to reduce global poverty.
The truck’s walls extend outward to create a 1,000-square foot space with an interactive world map that shows places where Canada has affected change, among other displays and activities.
“Together” is a product of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, a non-profit international development organization, and the federal government’s Department of Global Affairs.
The truck features work by more than 20 Canadian organizations in areas such as health care and education, gender equality and food security.
The exhibition is a “platform where we can discuss common challenges that affect us all,” said Aga Khan spokesperson Christine McGuire yesterday.
“You’re going to see and hear stories of people who have directly benefited from the work of these organizations and Canadians,” she said.
Participants are encouraged to take a quiz about what kind of global citizen they are and leave their ideas about what could make the world a better place.
So far, more than 70,000 people across Canada have taken part in the exhibition.
“It’s not only about raising awareness about these global issues, but we really want to inspire and empower visitors to be active global citizens,” said McGuire. “We really hope that people will walk out of the exhibition knowing that they’re positive agents of change in this world, that they have very specific gifts and skills and abilities and talents that they can bring to the benefit of the world.”
The “Together” truck will make three stops in the city. It will be at William McDonald Middle School Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m., Range Lake North Thursday and Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Sunday through Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.