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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 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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The power of individual stories

By Javier Torres, Program Interpreter

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A dark-haired man speaks to a group of four onlookers, using his arms to illustrate a point. He is facing the group, which can only be seen from behind. The man is wearing a black shirt with a Museum logo and a lanyard with a nametag. Behind him is a large exhibit with items behind glass and a large map.

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 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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The power of individual stories

By Javier Torres, Program Interpreter

My name is Javier Torres. In 2015, I moved to Winnipeg and became a Program Interpreter at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Many of my friends in Quebec City wanted to know: Why did you choose to work at a museum for human rights in Winnipeg?

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A dark-haired man speaks to a group of four onlookers, using his arms to illustrate a point. He is facing the group, which can only be seen from behind. The man is wearing a black shirt with a Museum logo and a lanyard with a nametag. Behind him is a large exhibit with items behind glass and a large map.

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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