Saturday, 24 March 2012

Join Us!

The Workers' History Museum would like to invite you to the opening of our new exhibit, The Struggle for Family Leave.

This exhibit explores the concept of family leave, how it came into being, and how it has evolved into what it is today. We start by examining the attitudes towards women after WWII, and the changes that came about after the Royal Commission on the Status of Women report was tabled in the House of Commons. We also explore the individual struggles of three groups to gain family leave, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the clerks of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and the Bell Canada telephone operators, part of the Communication Workers of Canada. We follow by looking at the improvements made in the 1980's-1990's, and what is still being done to improve family leave for workers today.

The opening will take place in the History Lounge, in Paterson Hall at Carleton University on Thursday March 29, 2012, from 5:45pm-10pm.

We invite you to come and experience the exhibit, and tell us what you think about it.

For directions to Carleton University, click on the link and enter your starting address.

For directions to Paterson Hall, please zoom in on the south west corner of the google map.

Hope to see you there!

You can also find out more about our upcoming documentary film A Struggle to Remeber: Fighting for our Families at:

or view the trailer at:



Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Under the Red Star Film Showing in Ottawa

Film Showing: Under the Red Star

Thursday, March 8, 7:00 PM

Avant Garde Bar and Gift Shop

135 ½ Besserer St. Ottawa

The Workers History Museum is pleased to co-sponsor, with Socialist Project, this feature length docu-drama chronicling the fascinating cultural and political ferment associated with the Finnish Labour Temple of Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay).

Opened in March 1910, it was the largest of Canadian labour centres and served as the heart of the activities of Finnish immigrants in the Lakehead area. This radical immigrant community is largely forgotten as part of the story of Canadian labour movement history. Yet these courageous women and men, often facing brutal repression from government, police and anti-union bosses, were critical in shaping events in the union, women’s suffrage and socialist movements in the early decades of the 20th Century.

Under the Red Star combines fictionalized scenes with archival footage to vividly paint the moving personal lives and the struggles of these early activists.

Ian MacKay, one of Canada’s leading historians, describes Under the Red Star as “a beautifully crafted and utterly absorbing recreation of one of North America’s most extraordinary working class movements”.

The film’s producers and the director (Kelly Saxberg) will be in attendance to take questions from the audience.