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Saskatchewan Views the Global Pandemic

This online exhibition was launched while the Western Development Museum closed our doors to keep our communities safe during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For 18 months (April 2020 to September 2021), we collected photographs from Saskatchewan people that documented the way the pandemic affected them, their families and their communities. From the impact of self-isolation and social distancing to changes in the ways we work, communicate and care for each other, the implications of this crisis have been far reaching. Some of us are struggling with the loss of the security and “normal” of pre pandemic life and many people are mourning friends and family members. We would like to express our condolences to all who have lost loved ones.

Many of these photos depict resilience and hope for a “new normal” in which Saskatchewan people can connect and thrive. The WDM is Saskatchewan’s provincial museum of human history. As such, we have a mandate to collect images and objects that tell the story of Saskatchewan people. The photos and stories collected here will be saved in the WDM George Shephard Library and preserved for the historical record.

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