The exhibition BALIKBAYAN features a visual timeline of the 150+ year history of caregiving in Canada by racialized women, and Balikbayan box sculptures that contain migration and labour stories. In the Filipino language, “balik” means “to return” and “bayan” can mean “country, place, home, or town”.
BALIKBAYAN will transform WAHC into a gathering place to listen to migrant worker stories. In a series of gatherings, workers from Hamilton and Toronto will participate in a healing soup circle, create storytelling wearables, and plant native seeds. At each gathering, folks can create their own pasalubong (gifts) to take home and share with others.
Visit <http://wahc-museum.ca/event/kwentong-bayan-balikbayan> for updates on program offerings presented alongside BALIKBAYAN, including two PA Day camps and a comic jam for ages 12 and up.
This exhibition and its auxiliary programs are generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Hamilton Community Foundation.