GBC’s Library Learning Commons hosting travelling sign language exhibition until Oct. 30

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GBC is proud to host the Canadian Language Museum's Sign Languages of Canada travelling exhibit in the St. James Campus Library Learning Commons (LLC) until Oct. 30.

The travelling exhibition is designed to introduce onlookers to six of the many Sign Languages used in Canada: American Sign Language, Langue des signes québécoise, Plains Indian Sign Language, Inuit Sign Language, Maritime Sign Language, and Oneida Sign Language. The interactive exhibit uses maps, videos, and illustrations to explain the histories and unique characteristics of these different languages.

There are seven installations on the main floor of the St. James Library in both English and French.

Bringing the exhibition to GBC

Karen Sinotte, Professor, Centre for Business, came across the exhibit when completing her research project, Roadmap for Digitalization of Museums in Ontario. She reached out to Rhondda Reynolds and Corene Kennedy, both Professors/Co-ordinators at the Centre for Community Services and Health Sciences, School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (ASL-English), to bring the exhibit to the college.

“I had originally reached out to Rhondda and Corene to discuss some of the challenges museums have when providing more inclusive on-site and online programming for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities,” Sinotte said. “When the Canadian Language Museum announced this travelling exhibit, it seemed like a great opportunity to bring it to GBC, to celebrate GBC’s role in Sign Language history and the strides the college continues to make in the field.”

The exhibit will be on display in the St. James Campus LLC until Oct. 30. Thank you to all three professors for bringing this important resource and unique exhibit to George Brown!