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September 13, 2017
Karine.Duhamel
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). UNDRIP affirms the inherent or pre-existing rights of Indigenous peoples, both as individuals and as nations. While Indigenous peoples...
August 8, 2017
Karine.Duhamel
This blog series has focused on the way we present Indigenous content within the Museum and how we are approaching reconciliation. Reconciliation, defined in previous blogs as a process based on hope, remains the core animating principle of a collection of stories that brings together the...
July 27, 2017
Rhea Yates
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. On the final leg of the run, teenager Dave Courchene ran to the gates of Winnipeg Stadium and was told to hand...
June 21, 2017
Chloe.Rew
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. In fact, a group of five women had to take this fight to the highest courts in the land before they finally achieved recognition as persons. I am a...
June 20, 2017
jeremy.maron
One of the newest exhibits at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is called “Four Freedoms,” in our Turning Points for Humanity gallery. In his January 1941 State of the Union address, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt articulated four fundamental freedoms that everyone in the world ought...
May 30, 2017
matthewmcrae
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. It was only when Dr. Yu was much older that he realized that his grandfather’s walks were connected to two discriminatory policies from Canada’s...
May 18, 2017
matthewmcrae
Before the outbreak of the Second World War, Lena Hayakawa lived what she describes as a very idyllic life. Hayakawa was born in British Columbia and until she was 11, she lived on her father’s strawberry farm in the countryside.  She told me it was a simple living, but her family was happy. That...
April 28, 2017
matthewmcrae
When Nimrat Randhawa and her family immigrated to Canada in the summer of 2003, they arrived completely in the dark – literally. As Randhawa’s plane was landing at Pearson International Airport, the Northeast blackout of 2003 struck, affecting nearly 10 million people in Ontario and another 45...
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