Eyes on the Skies: Managing Air Traffic in Canada Space
(October to January 3, 2024)

Canada manages a vast air space—over 18 million square kilometres. Eyes on the Skies examines the rapid evolution of air traffic management, exploring the systems, people, and technologies that keep these busy skies safe. Visitors can discover the stories of industry insiders—past and present— and learn how factors like gender have impacted air traffic management in Canada.This exhibition, developed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, features engaging videos and visuals that break down complex ideas, such as how radar works. Visitors can test their skills through a variety of digital experiences, and consider if they have what it takes to manage air traffic safely.
The Ones We Met: Inuit Traditional Knowledge and the Franklin Expedition
(February to May 2024)

Following the 2019 exhibit Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship, this exhibit explores explores the continued importance of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit traditional knowledge). Much of what we know about the end of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 attempt to locate a Northwest Passage stems from Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. For generations, Inuit shared memories of meetings with sick and starving men, and visits to an abandoned ship locked in the ice. It was this knowledge, in combination with modern archaeological research, that proved instrumental to locating the wrecks of Franklin’s ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.Also included is an audiovisual station featuring oral histories relating to the Franklin Expedition, as well as Martin Frobisher’s voyages to Baffin Island in the 1570s. Two additional contributions, from the late Louie Kamookak, reflect on the ongoing importance of oral histories and the bleak environment northwest of King William Island, where Franklin’s ships were first trapped by ice. This station also includes an animated map showing the routes charted by Europeans looking for a Northwest Passage in the 350 years before Franklin’s expedition sailed into the Arctic.

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