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What if you were taken from your family?

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Un groupe de garçons en pyjamas agenouillés sur des lits simples, la tête baissée et les mains jointes comme s’ils priaient. Une femme est debout dans la chambre et a aussi les mains jointes.

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Peace, friendship and respect

By Karine Duhamel

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An image being projected onto a curved wall that is about nine feet tall. It is made up of many small squares and has the appearance of Indigenous bead work or a mosaic. The image is mainly made up of white squares, but it also features two thick blue horizontal lines that run parallel to each other.

Fighting for a vision of a free and democratic Russia

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Dead red and white roses in a vase. In the background is Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral at Red Square, with curved domes on multiple spires, resembling a bonfire stretching into the sky.

Childhood Denied

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Un groupe de garçons en pyjamas agenouillés sur des lits simples, la tête baissée et les mains jointes comme s’ils priaient. Une femme est debout dans la chambre et a aussi les mains jointes.

It happened here, too

By Matthew McRae

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Rusted iron manacles hang on hooks on a plain white wall.

A will that could not be contained

By Matthew McRae

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Nelson Mandela, an older black man with graying hair, forms a raised fist with his right hand and holds it above his head. With his left, he is holding hands with Winnie Mandela, a black woman with dark hair. She is smiling and has formed a raised fist with her left hand, mirroring Nelson Mandela’s raised fist. A large crowd is gathered behind them.

Bringing the Ancestors Home

By Matthew McRae

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A black and white image of an elderly woman with white hair holding a mask that is shaped and painted to represent a bird’s head. It features a long beak with an open mouth and feathers attached to the top of the head. The woman is looking directly at the mask she is holding.

Making Mandela: Struggle for Freedom

By Matthew McRae

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A man and a woman sit in chairs facing each other. There is a microphone on a stand positioned between them. There are also large lights on both sides of the woman’s chair, which are pointed towards the man.

What would you risk to share evidence of injustice?

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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One Woman's Resistance

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A head-and-shoulder portrait of a smiling Viola Desmond. She is wearing a light blue jacket with embroidered patterns on it. The jacket is held together at the collar by a large pin in the shape of a hand making a “V for victory” symbol.

Peace, friendship and respect

By Karine Duhamel

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An image being projected onto a curved wall that is about nine feet tall. It is made up of many small squares and has the appearance of Indigenous bead work or a mosaic. The image is mainly made up of white squares, but it also features two thick blue horizontal lines that run parallel to each other.

Fighting for a vision of a free and democratic Russia

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Dead red and white roses in a vase. In the background is Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral at Red Square, with curved domes on multiple spires, resembling a bonfire stretching into the sky.

Childhood Denied

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Un groupe de garçons en pyjamas agenouillés sur des lits simples, la tête baissée et les mains jointes comme s’ils priaient. Une femme est debout dans la chambre et a aussi les mains jointes.

It happened here, too

By Matthew McRae

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Rusted iron manacles hang on hooks on a plain white wall.

A will that could not be contained

By Matthew McRae

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Nelson Mandela, an older black man with graying hair, forms a raised fist with his right hand and holds it above his head. With his left, he is holding hands with Winnie Mandela, a black woman with dark hair. She is smiling and has formed a raised fist with her left hand, mirroring Nelson Mandela’s raised fist. A large crowd is gathered behind them.

Bringing the Ancestors Home

By Matthew McRae

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A black and white image of an elderly woman with white hair holding a mask that is shaped and painted to represent a bird’s head. It features a long beak with an open mouth and feathers attached to the top of the head. The woman is looking directly at the mask she is holding.

Making Mandela: Struggle for Freedom

By Matthew McRae

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A man and a woman sit in chairs facing each other. There is a microphone on a stand positioned between them. There are also large lights on both sides of the woman’s chair, which are pointed towards the man.

What would you risk to share evidence of injustice?

What does it mean to stand up for human rights? Read the story of a medic who risked his own safety to document the evidence of atrocity.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Find out more about the world-famous declaration that turns 70 in 2018.

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One Woman's Resistance

Viola Desmond helped inspire Canada’s civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat in a movie theatre. Now, she’s going to be on a $10 bill.

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A head-and-shoulder portrait of a smiling Viola Desmond. She is wearing a light blue jacket with embroidered patterns on it. The jacket is held together at the collar by a large pin in the shape of a hand making a “V for victory” symbol.