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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.

The power of individual stories

By Javier Torres, Program Interpreter

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Approaching the Human Rights Stories of Indigenous Peoples

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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The Nuts and Bolts of Reconciliation

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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Why Reconciliation? Why Now?

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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Five Women Who Should Be Household Names in Canada

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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A Universal Commitment

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Reconciliation: A Movement of Hope or a Movement of Guilt?

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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The power of individual stories

By Javier Torres, Program Interpreter

My name is Javier Torres. Two years ago I moved to Winnipeg and became a Program Interpreter at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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Approaching the Human Rights Stories of Indigenous Peoples

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

This article focuses on the creation and development of exhibition content exploring the human rights stories of Indigenous people in this country. To tell these stories, the Museum engaged with communities and individuals in a process of truth-telling.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Reconciliation

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

As a child, I often visited museums. I was lucky to be able to travel with my family, and to visit interpretive spaces across the country.

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Why Reconciliation? Why Now?

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

Since the publication of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report in 2015, more and more Canadians seem focused on the idea of reconciliation.

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Five Women Who Should Be Household Names in Canada

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

The year 2016 marks a century since women in Canada first got the right to vote and so it seems like a fine time to celebrate the achievements of Canadian women.

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A Universal Commitment

Discover the people of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Reconciliation: A Movement of Hope or a Movement of Guilt?

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

In Why Reconciliation? Why Now? I talked about the idea of reconciliation as an invitation to a new and shared future and as a pathway towards a good life, both for Indigenous people and for other Canadians.

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