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Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic showcase city of more than one million people. Located in Ontario at the Quebec border, Ottawa and its sister city, Gatineau, are situated on unceded Algonquin territory, a historic trade route and important meeting place for various First Nations and Metis communities.

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impressive national sites and famous landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), this is a place where you’ll hear English and French spoken in the streets and where you can discover Canada’s proud heritage. It’s a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world.

The Canadian Museum of History explores the story of Canada and its peoples from earliest times to the present day. Through exhibitions, programming, special events, and publications, it shares its expertise in history, archaeology, ethnology, and cultural studies, both across Canada and around the world.

With roots stretching back to 1856, it is one of Canada’s oldest public institutions. The Museum features the spectacular Grand Hall, as well as the First People’s Hall and the Canadian Children’s Museum. On July 1, 2017, it launched the new Canadian History Hall: the largest exhibition on Canadian history ever produced. The Museum is also home to more than four million objects, ranging from archaeological specimens and rare documents to many of Canada’s national treasures. 

Located in Gatineau, Quebec, and housed in an architecturally renowned complex across the river from Canada’s seat of national government, the Canadian Museum of History is Canada’s most-visited museum, welcoming more than 1.2 million visitors a year.

Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of anticipating and leading change. Founded in 1942 in the wake of the Depression, Carleton was created in response to the need to provide the young people in Ottawa with an opportunity to continue their formal education. 

The university provides an excellent education and experience to its more than 24,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its more than 875 academic staff are recognized internationally for their scholarship and cutting-edge research in more than 50 disciplines. 

Carleton students benefit from the interdisciplinary, active, hands-on approach to teaching and research practiced by its faculty members and from the numerous partnerships the university has with the federal government, other universities, and private sector partners.

Carleton offers music programming at the graduate and undergraduate level, with innovative teaching in a wide variety of musical traditions, including jazz, classical, singer-songwriter, electronic and computer music, world musics, and popular music, among others. Students also have the opportunity to develop strong critical thinking skills through the exploration of intellectual and applied perspectives such as community music practice, ethnomusicology, Canadian music studies, improvisation studies, disability studies, Indigenous studies, critical theory, and historical musicology.

Queen’s University is a mid-size research-intensive university located in the city of Kingston, Ontario Canada, which sits on the lands historically known as Kataraokwi and now home to Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. Founded in 1841 by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria, “Queen’s College at Kingston” began classes in 1842 with two professors teaching thirteen students in a single building.

Queen’s University today is home to more than 24,000 graduate and undergraduate students and more than 2,000 faculty members. The historic downtown campus combines some of the original 19th-century historic buildings with new athletic facilities and several outstanding arts facilities including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

In 2015, the Queen’s School of Music and Department of Drama merged to form the Dan School of Drama and Music, which offers a variety of undergraduate programs in music, drama, music theatre, and entrepreneurship, and an innovative new graduate program in arts administration and leadership. Many Dan School professors also supervise MA and PhD students in the interdisciplinary Cultural Studies Program.


Photograph: Rideau Canal. Courtesy Ottawa Tourism.


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