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How far would you go to fight for your rights?

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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Human rights stories are all around us. We explore contemporary and historic human rights stories, from Canada and around the world.

“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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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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The Story of the Komagata Maru

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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Human Rights and the Charter

By Armando Perla, Researcher-Curator

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The Story of Africville

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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“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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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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The Story of the Komagata Maru

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

When Nimrat Randhawa and her family immigrated to Canada in the summer of 2003, they arrived completely in the dark – literally.

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Human Rights and the Charter

By Armando Perla, Researcher-Curator

The cornerstone of human rights protection in Canada is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter forms part of Canada’s Constitution and came into being on April 17, 1982.

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The Story of Africville

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

If you’ve never heard of Africville, you’re not alone; the tragic story of this small Black community in Nova Scotia is not as well known as it should be.

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