150 Years of U.S.-Canada Relations

Betsey Cushing Roosevelt, James Roosevelt, President Roosevelt, Lord and Lady Tweedsmuir (John Buchan, Governor General of Canada, and Susan Buchan), and Prime Minister King, 1936. Yousuf Karsh/Library and Archives Canada

As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, Meridian International Center, with support from the Embassy of the United States in Ottawa, is pleased to present two exhibitions that showcase the relationship between our nations as distinguished neighbors. Northern Stars: 150 Years of U.S.-Canada Relations imparts a historical perspective of both familiar and lesser-known connections while Eyes on the Arctic: U.S.-Canada Collaboration in the North offers an area focus on shared heritage and cooperation in the Arctic.

The bilingual exhibitions highlight intriguing stories involving the two countries and emphasize the shared cultural connections. Beginning prior to the sesquicentennial, Northern Stars finds its impetus with the attendance of Sir William McDougall, a prominent Canadian politician who helped to form the Canadian Confederation, to President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863. The narrative continues through moments of history and shared culture to the present with Canadian Lorne Michaels’ legacy of Saturday Night Live.

Eyes on the Arctic provides an engaging examination of U.S.-Canadian activities near the hemisphere’s pole with a dynamic multimedia display. Indigenous communities, with millennia of history in the region, communicate and share an intimate knowledge of the environment with researchers of both nationalities. Together, the resulting surveys and discoveries allow for a more complete understanding of the complexities of the northernmost reaches of the globe.

The exhibitions are scheduled to travel throughout Canada in 2017. Check back here and follow along with #USCanada150 for updates.


Tentative schedule:
February 1 – February 19 – Ottawa
March 10 – End of April – Toronto - City Hall and Public Library
May – June – Quebec City
June 30 – Mid-July – Halifax
August 1 – Mid-September – Montreal
Late September – Winnipeg
October – Calgary
November – Vancouver

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150 Years of U.S.-Canada Relations
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: United States, Canada
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy
Program Areas: Culture
Partners: Public Sector