ABOUT THE URBAN INTERVENTION
In this tour we examine the history of Canadian citizenship: what it is, what it does, and who holds it. As we visit a list of monuments located at the heart of Canada’s capital city, we will explore various historical debates that have taken place between governments and different segments of society on the topic of citizenship. I will also highlight various players who have sought to define and control citizenship by both expanding and restricting access to it and by changing its very definition and character.
In thinking about the uses, abuses, and meanings of Canadian citizenship in this way, participants will gain critical perspectives of the utility, control, and consequences of Canadian citizenship. We will try addressing the following questions (and some of the historical responses to them): Who should be a Canadian citizen and who should be allowed to decide this? What rights and responsibilities should Canadian citizenship entail? What does citizenship mean? Is it a right, privilege, or curse?
Tour guide: Brad Wiebe (@BradWieb3)
Meeting place: Human Rights Monument (corner of Lisgar and Elgin St)
Total distance: 2.5km
For the 100in1day festival, this tour is being offered free of charge.
Brad Wiebe is a recent graduate of Carleton University’s Public History program, developer of the “Histories of Parliament Hill” podcast, and a former Tour Guide at both Parliament Hill and the Legislative Building of Manitoba. A lover of stories, politics, and people, he seeks to engage those around him in discussions about how we can learn from history to enrich our ideas about ourselves and about our future.
Comfortable walking shoes, water bottles