New Indigenous exhibition at TheMuseum attracts audience and federal dollars

$20,460 from federal funding will go towards a new exhibition at TheMuseum called A Cause for Celebration? First Things First, which kicked off Saturday.

A Cause for Celebration? First Things First exhibition will receive $20,460 from federal government

$20,460 from federal funding will go towards a new exhibition at TheMuseum called A Cause for Celebration? First Things First. (TheMuseum/Twitter)

TheMuseum will receive more than $20,000 in federal funding towards a new exhibition showcasing Indigenous artists in Kitchener, Ont.

"It's important that we reflect on our history," Raj Saini, MP for Kitchener Centre, told CBC News Sunday. "Especially over the last 150 years, and what we can learn from it, from some challenging and difficult times, and use this as a way to start a process or continue the process of reconciliation." 

Saini announced Saturday during the opening of TheMuseum's A Cause for Celebration? First Things First exhibition that the project will get $20,460 for its efforts to bridge cultural understanding.

The exhibition is showing work from four artists, including Anong Beam and Ann Beam.

Their work speaks to present day issues that emphasize the "universality of human experiences," according to David Marksell, TheMuseum's CEO.

"TheMuseum has built a reputation on provoking dialogue with its exhibitions and Cause fo Celebration? First things First will continue that tradition in a positive way," Marskell said in a statement.

Saini was representing Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism.

The money will come from the Canadian government's Inter-Action multiculturalism funding program, which supports community-based events that promote a socially-cohesive society.