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What if you were taken from your family?

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Powered by Love: Grandmothers fighting HIV/AIDS

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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A head-and-shoulders portrait of Gogo Gladys Tyophol. She is wearing glasses and a blue patterned kerchief wrapped around her head. Her shirt says GAPA and a red AIDS ribbon is attached to her sweater.

Planting a seed: Creating a community garden at the Museum

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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Seven men and women work in a garden on a sunny day. The garden is circular and has very few plants in it. Around the garden are tall grass, trees, a walking path and a sidewalk. In the background, part of the Museum’s stone structure can be seen.

Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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“A Cauldron of Hell”: The Story of Canada’s Hong Kong Veterans

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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Three older men in Canadian Legion uniforms sit beside each other. They are all wearing Remembrance Day poppies on their uniforms.

Truth and Reconciliation: What’s Next?

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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Lighting the Flame

By Rhea Yates, Manager, Digital Outreach

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Exploring women’s rights and gender equality

By Chloe Rew, Program Interpreter

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Four Freedoms: The Power of Objects

By Jeremy Maron, Researcher-Curator

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A book on display. The cover reads: The Pocket Poets Series. Howl and Other Poems. Allen Ginsberg. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Number Four.

The Chinese Head Tax and the Chinese Exclusion Act

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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Japanese Canadian internment and the struggle for redress

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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Powered by Love: Grandmothers fighting HIV/AIDS

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

It took Gogo Gladys Tyophol many years to come to terms with the death of her only son.

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A head-and-shoulders portrait of Gogo Gladys Tyophol. She is wearing glasses and a blue patterned kerchief wrapped around her head. Her shirt says GAPA and a red AIDS ribbon is attached to her sweater.

Planting a seed: Creating a community garden at the Museum

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

My partner and I have a small garden just outside the front door of our home. I will admit that it’s not much to look at.

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Seven men and women work in a garden on a sunny day. The garden is circular and has very few plants in it. Around the garden are tall grass, trees, a walking path and a sidewalk. In the background, part of the Museum’s stone structure can be seen.

Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

On September 13, 2017, people around the world will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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A drawn image of a group of people dressed in various garments, both traditional and non-traditional. The person in front is holding up a blank page, meant to symbolize the Declaration.

“A Cauldron of Hell”: The Story of Canada’s Hong Kong Veterans

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

On December 8, 1941, the Japanese army launched an attack on the then-British colony of Hong Kong, located in Southern China.

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Three older men in Canadian Legion uniforms sit beside each other. They are all wearing Remembrance Day poppies on their uniforms.

Truth and Reconciliation: What’s Next?

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

This article series has focused on the way we present Indigenous content within the Museum and how we are approaching reconciliation.

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Lighting the Flame

By Rhea Yates, Manager, Digital Outreach

Fifty years ago, 10 young Indigenous athletes ran an 800-kilometre relay from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, carrying the torch that would open the 1967 Pan American Games.

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Exploring women’s rights and gender equality

By Chloe Rew, Program Interpreter

If I were alive in Canada before 1929, I would not have been considered a person. “Persons” under the British North America Act referred only to men.

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Four Freedoms: The Power of Objects

By Jeremy Maron, Researcher-Curator

In his January 1941 State of the Union address, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt articulated four fundamental freedoms that everyone in the world ought to be able to enjoy – freedom of speech, freedom of belief, freedom from fear and freedom from want.

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A book on display. The cover reads: The Pocket Poets Series. Howl and Other Poems. Allen Ginsberg. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Number Four.

The Chinese Head Tax and the Chinese Exclusion Act

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

When he was a little boy growing up in Vancouver, Dr. Henry Yu didn’t understand why his grandfather frequently took him on long walks to visit Chinatown.

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Japanese Canadian internment and the struggle for redress

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

Before the outbreak of the Second World War, Lena Hayakawa lived what she describes as a very idyllic life.

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A black and white image of a woman and two children standing behind a pile of luggage and blankets and looking at the camera.