Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario

Transcript: We invite you to Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario. The exhibition will be at the Guelph Civic Museum from September 14, 2019 until March 1, 2020.

Into the Light examines local histories and ongoing legacies of racial “betterment” thinking in Southern Ontario that de-humanized and disappeared those who did not fit the normative middle-class lives of white, able-bodied settlers.

In the early to mid 20th century, eugenics (race improvement through heredity) was taught in a number of universities throughout Southern Ontario, including Macdonald Institute and the Ontario Agricultural College, two of the three founding colleges that formed the University of Guelph. Educational institutions played a significant role in the eugenics movement by perpetuating destructive ideas that targeted Indigenous, Black, and other racialized populations, poor, and disabled people for segregation in institutions, cultural assimilation and sterilization.

While eugenics sought to eradicate those deemed as “unfit,” this exhibition centres the voices of members of affected communities who continue to work to prevent institutional brutality, oppose colonialism, reject ableism, and foster social justice.

Into the Light is co-curated by Mona Stonefish, Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish. This exhibition of artistic, sensory, and material expressions of memory aims to bring one of Guelph’s secrets, as well as stories of survival, out of the shadows and into the light.

Museum Hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday 10AM-5PM and Fourth Fridays of each month until 9PM. Admission is $6.00/person, and free on Fourth Fridays from 5PM-9PM.

There are 2 publics events programmed around the exhibition:
1) Into the Light Opening Celebration
Friday, September 27, 2019 – 6PM – Free admission – ASL Interpreted.
Remarks, performances and reception. All galleries will be open.
2) In Conversation: Eugenics Retold with the exhibition co-curators and rights activists Mona Stonefish, Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 2 PM – Free admission – ASL Interpreted and CART Live Captioning.

For more access information and a visual story please see the Into the Light Event on Facebook. There will also be an Access Guide available digitally and in print from Bodies in Translation and the Guelph Civic Museum.

Thank you. We hope to see you there.

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This ASL vlog invitation was made in September 2019 in collaboration with Deaf Spectrum and was produced by Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, a project of Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice at the University of Guelph.

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