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Truth and Reconciliation

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Truth and Reconciliation presents the tragic history of Canada’s residential schools and the ongoing efforts to use education and discussion to move towards reconciliation.

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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.

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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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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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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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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