The Museum of History, just across the river from Parliament Hill, is Canada’s most visited museum with over 1 million guests every year. Among its many treasured features is the world’s largest indoor collection of totem poles. These iconic exhibits are what make the Museum of History one of the most popular, well-known and trusted cultural institutions in the country. And that is exactly why the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is using this museum as a platform to normalize the dirty business plans of Big Oil.
For years, CAPP has sponsored exhibits at the Museum of History. This includes a massive three storey exhibit opening this summer called ‘Canadian History Hall’. It will be a centerpiece of the Canada 150 celebrations, which are expected to draw millions to the National Capital Region.
It’s also been found that CAPP used a sponsorship at a nearby museum to actually rewrite exhibit content to give it a pro-oil spin. And at the same time as CAPP was lobbying to gut Canada’s environmental laws, its CEO was quoted in Museum of History press releases promoting fossil fuel expansion.
Big Oil and its dirty dealings should never be on display in Canada’s national museum.
CAPP sponsors exhibits like these to rub shoulders with business and political leaders in order to push the agenda of the world’s biggest and dirtiest fossil fuel companies.
The mission of the Museum of History is to “enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity.” And the Museum strives to be “a source of inspiration, research, learning, and entertainment that belongs to all Canadians”.
CAPP’s mandate, on the other hand, is to block action on climate change, undermine environmental protections, and push an agenda that violates Indigenous rights. Their mandate is to advance Big Oil despite science and history.
These two missions are inherently at odds.