The Canadian Museum for Human Rights deeply regrets that A Tribe Called Red will no longer take part in the Museum's opening weekend programming.
"The CMHR understands the group has elected not to participate over concern around the way Indigenous issues are presented in the Museum," the CMHR said in a statement. "We know that building dialogue and earning trust is a long-term process, and we hope this will again be an opportunity for respectful conversation on issues that historically haven't been easy to talk about."
The Museum has extended an invitation to A Tribe Called Red to tour the CMHR at their convenience to experience for themselves the full breadth of exhibit content dedicated to Indigenous perspectives and issues.
Museum officials noted that input and community engagement with Indigenous Peoples across Canada is ongoing, with the goal to become a broadly representative and accessible public resource on Indigenous issues. Indigenous perspectives, struggles and themes are included on every level of the building and reflected in the Museum's architecture.
Cultivating trust and understanding is an essential part of the CMHR's mandate, the Museum said, which will be achieved through continued discussion and dialogue.