December 1, 2022
Towards a National Museum
As we advance plans to become Canada’s newest National Museum, the Heritage Centre launched a Canada-wide engagement, asking for the opinions and thoughts of Canadians on how to tell the inspiring and the complex stories of the RCMP.
People across Canada shared their views through an online survey, direct email correspondence, self-hosted community conversations, and one on one interviews. The results are overwhelmingly positive, and confirm the need for a place to explore different perspectives, pay tribute to the extraordinary dedication, duty, and service of generations of Canadian Mounties and civilian employees, and serve as a trusted and safe place of fact and context, recognizing that there are different truths for different people based on lived experiences.
A place for all people, this museum will be a site of social impact—one that embraces a diversity of experiences and perspectives in everything we do.
- 89% of survey respondents say that it is important for Canadians to have access to a national museum that honours the courageous contributions of the RCMP, while telling even the most difficult stories with dignity and compassion.
- Nine in ten survey respondents agreed (somewhat or strongly) that the Museum should “Pay tribute to the extraordinary dedication, duty, and service of generations of Canadian Mounties and civilian employees, both past and present.”
- A sizeable majority of survey respondents also agreed (somewhat or strongly) that the Museum should “Reflect a broad and diverse set of perspectives” (84%) and “Support efforts aimed at reconciliation between the RCMP and Canada’s Indigenous Peoples” (76%).
- More than 7 in 10 somewhat or strongly agreed that the Museum should “Explore the historical and present-day relationships between the RCMP and marginalized communities and equity-seeking groups including, but not limited to, Indigenous People, women, racialized groups, and 2SLGBTQIA+ people.
*The original report appears as a combined English/French version but is saved here in two files due to website size limits.
Click the PDFs to read more about “What We Heard” through our nation-wide engagement.