We've seen a lot of information about the Alt National Parks Service movement in the United States (You know, where American national park staff responded to censorship by opening rebellious social media accounts) lately. You may have noticed we are sharing some of these articles on our Facebook page.
We're not a political organization - but we do advocate for interpretation, and the US NPS Rangers who are risking their jobs to speak for the sites they have sworn to protect are some of the bravest interpreters we've ever seen.
IC Member Don Enright wrote a compelling blog post (The American Rangers Strike Back) about this issue that we highly recommend reading.
And meanwhile, we'd also like to recognize how hard many of you work every day to tell important, factual, stories about Canada that help all of us become better informed and more compassionate.
Our members include folks working at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, and at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. We have members in Waterton Lakes National Park who work alongside US National Park Rangers to communicate stories about how our nations work together peacefully. We have members who interpret climate change to deniers, and members who work every day to make sure we continue to learn from shameful times in Canada’s history, such as residential schools, the internment of Japanese Canadians, and the Komagata Maru.
If any of you are feeling discouraged right now as you struggle to communicate complicated topics to the public, we would like to say this: Your colleagues see what you are doing, and we are proud of you.
“Interpreters have daily opportunities to influence lives. Our privilege, and our obligation, is to help others enjoy, reflect upon, and find meaning in the places we work. An interpreter acts out of authority and humility, confidence and compassion, integrity and respect for others, stability and enthusiasm, and joy. An interpreter respects the moral worth of visitors and their potential for growth. The interpreter is enthused and energetic about the place, the visitors who come there, and the work at hand. An interpreter strives to embrace the wonder and beauty of life.”
-Larry Beck & Ted T. Cable, The Gifts of Interpretation
Stay strong interps, and keep embracing the wonder and beauty of life. We’ve got important work to do.