NEWS from the Director's desk

The Redpath Museum’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Redpath Museum is committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Events over the past year have made it painfully obvious that institutions cannot sit idle. As the oldest natural history museum in Canada, the Redpath Museum has been a cornerstone of research and collections for the country and McGill University. Since 1882, the museum has been preserving and displaying the valuable collections of McGill University and has played a central role in promoting scientific research and education. But, as it is a product of the nineteenth century, we acknowledge the museum is also rooted in McGill’s and its patrons’ colonial history.

We are taking fundamental steps to make the museum more accessible, inclusive, and reflective of the society we live in. Foremost, we formed an EDI committee composed of Museum academic and non-academic staff and students to work closely with other EDI committees at McGill and develop policies and solutions to guide the Museum. More details about this committee are linked below. Our staff are taking community and McGill developed EDI courses. We are also developing collections ethics guidelines to identify and resolve any potentially unethically acquired collections materials in the Redpath Museum.

Historical research on McGill University and the Redpath Museum’s history is ongoing and will be presented as reports become available on our website.

To promote greater accessibility, the Redpath Museum has embarked on a novel public programming model. We are developing Redpath Museum Discovery Boxes to bring the Museum directly to underrepresented schools. Historically, school group visits were limited to those schools that can afford transport to downtown Montreal. Our Discovery Boxes are developed by professional educators and McGill research professors to deliver quality programming that matches the competencies outlined by the Programme de formation de l'école québécoise / Québec Education Program. We subsidize Discovery Box deliveries to underrepresented schools to work toward getting high quality programming for everyone, equally.

We welcome your feedback on how we can do better.

Prof. Hans Larsson, Director of the Redpath Museum

 

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Coming soon: EDI committee page

Coming soon: The Redpath Museum Discovery Boxes


IN MEMORIAM - Robert "Bob" Carroll

Robert "Bob" Carroll, 2017
Image by Hans Larsson.

It is with a heavy heart, that we announce to the community that Robert Lynn Carroll passed away on April 7th, 2020 at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife Anna Di Turi, son David Carroll and granddaughter Juliette.

Dr Carroll’s dedication to the Redpath Museum and McGill University commenced when he completed his postdoctoral studies in 1962-1963 as a NRC Postdoctoral Fellow. In the 1970s, he kept the Museum from being sacrificed during an economic crisis and sired most of the Canadian Vertebrate Palaeontology community. Carroll’s immeasurable contribution to the palaeontology community has resulted in a critical mass of support and the discipline’s own society and journal. 

To know more about Dr Carroll’s life and work, please see the following academic obituary written by Michael W. Caldwell (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta) and Hans C.E Larsson (Redpath Museum, McGill University) which can also be found in the Vertebrate Anatomy Morphology Palaeontology 8:1-6.

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Additionally, visit the CTV News website for a video tribute. 

Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

The Redpath Museum's director EDI statement.

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