Pier 21-Rebecca MacKenzie-Hopkins

Pier 21

Adult Education

Rebecca MacKenzie-Hopkins, Public Programs Manager | Gestionnaire de la programmation publique 
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 | Musée canadien de l’immigration du Quai 21

Short Interview

In honour of Filipino heritage month, a new commemorative month in Canada, Rebecca organized an event that was held at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The event included a film presentation and a panel with the Filipino film makers and movie subjects from Labrador. It also included choir and dance performances, an artist’s installation as well as authentic food to taste, which was all created and performed by the local Haligonian Filipino community.

Rebecca recognized the event would be more powerful if various modes of communication could help to express elements of Filipino culture in the Canadian context. According to Halliday’s (1978) theorization of the social functions of language, “a mode is understood as an outcome of the cultural shaping of a material. The resources come to display regularities through the ways in which people use them. In other words, in a specific context (time and place) modes are shaped by the daily social interaction of people” (pg. 22). This compilation of various modes (oral, visual, spatial, gestural, etc) as a reflection of Filipino heritage worked together with the social interaction of attendees to fully immerse the makers and the audience in understanding  and articulating important elements of culture, thus reflecting that language is always socially situated. Listen below to Rebecca describe the synergy of this event.

Check out this link to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 | Musée canadien de l’immigration du Quai 21 available in English and French: https://pier21.ca/