Tending to the homefront
Two of CBC/Radio-Canada's reporters will be at the Canadian War Museum
on Thursday to talk about covering the Canadian military's role at home.Canada's Military: Its Role at Home
is part of a series of four public conferences celebrating CBC/Radio-Canada's 75th anniversary. The From Headlines to History
discussions are being presented jointly by CBC/Radio-Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization
and the Canadian War Museum.
Given the extensive coverage of Canada's military role in Afghanistan, the public may sometimes forget that an equally important mandate of the Canadian Forces is to protect Canada and defend its sovereignty.
In fact, only a small proportion of Canadian military personnel take part in missions abroad, while more than 9,000 members remain at home and are on hand to ensure the peace and security of Canada. The War of 1812, the Cold War, the war on terror, espionage - these are but a few instances of the armed forces' historic role in providing national security in peace and war.
The Canadian Forces also respond to emergency situations that hit Canadian communities. From the 1998 Ice Storm, to floods in Manitoba, to the recent plane crash in Resolute Bay - military personnel deliver assistance to disaster victims and ensure the security of civilians.
For 75 years CBC/Radio-Canada reporters have covered the major events that have marked our national history.
At Thursday's discussion, Bruno Bonamigo and James Cudmore will be joined by museum director of research and exhibitions Dean Oliver to discuss the the role of the armed forces within Canada.
CBC's Lucy van Oldenbarneveld and Radio-Canada's Michel Picard will be moderating the event.
The discussion is open to the public and free tickets available now. To reserve your ticket, call 819-776-7000 or visit the museums' box offices.
The public conference will begin at 7:30 p.m. A short video produced with archival footage from CBC/Radio-Canada will showcase an overview of the themes to be discussed and artifacts from the museum's collections will also be available for a special viewing.
More event information can be found on the Canadian Museum of Civilization
and the Canadian War Museum
Facebook pages and websites.
Those not able to attend the event are invited to share their stories, photos and videos on the museums' Facebook sites.
All of the discussions are also being live tweeted. You can follow them and participate in the sessions under the event hashtags: #H2HCMC, #H2HCWM and #CBC75.
There is one more public discussion scheduled as part of the From Headlines to History series. The series of conferences are exploring defining moments in Canadian history.
The next conference will be held on Oct. 27 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and will focus on the cultural legacy of Expo 67.
"We are delighted to partner with CBC/Radio-Canada to mark this historic milestone," said Mark O'Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, which includes both the Museum of Civilization and the War Museum. "We have a common bond as national institutions devoted to the enhancement of Canada's cultural life and the knowledge and understanding of its citizens. This series embodies that shared commitment to public service."The schedule for the remaining two remaining discussions is:Canada's Military: Its role at home
Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Canadian War Museum.Moderators
: Michel Picard and Lucy Oldenbarneveld.Panelists
: James Cudmore and Bruno Bonamigo.Museum panelist
: Dean Oliver, director of research and exhibitions.Expo 67: Cultural Legacy
Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.Moderators
: Daniel Bouchard and Adrian Harewood.Panelists
: Mark Starowicz and Simon Durivage.Museums panelist
: Alan Elder, curator of Canadian crafts, decorative and design.
You can learn more about the two public discussions, Hockey: The Game, The Glory
and War Correspondents: News from the Front
in a previous 75th anniversary blogs.
Posted on Oct 12, 2011 8:42:57 AM