Pier 21-Kristine Kovacevic

Pier 21

Adult Education

Kristine Kovacevic, Interpretation and Visitor Experience Manager | Gestionnaire l’interprétation et de l’expérience du visiteur
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 | Musée canadien de l’immigration du Quai 21

Short Interview

Kristine highlights Refuge Canada, an exhibit created by Pier 21 to represent what it means to become a refugee. The idea that nobody wants to be a refugee, but anyone can become one depending on their circumstances is brought to life through re-enactment, stories, and videos.

The end of the exhibit allowed for attendees to share their experiences of how refugees have contributed to their own communities. According to Thibaut and Curwood (2018), “technologies not only have expanded the opportunities for meaning making but have also shaped the relationship between the writer and the text, allowing the author to also become a designer and producer” (p. 49). These adult learners did not simply move through the exhibit passively, but rather they were able to develop their own understanding through ongoing interaction with the exhibit, for example, using their own life experiences, through an interactive computer program, they found out whether or not they would have been a refugee in another time and place. These adult learners at the end of Refuge Canada were asked to comment in writing on their own personal understanding and experience with refugees’ contributions to Canada and the world. Listen below to Kristine illuminate the Refuge Canada experience.

This is the link to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. This website is offers much to discover for educators in both English and French: https://pier21.ca/

Here is a link to the Refuge Canada Travelling Exhibit, available in English and French, which includes lesson plans for teachers: https://pier21.ca/host-refuge-canada-our-newest-travelling-exhibit