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Welcome - Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Inspirational Quote

"My music is made for the people who are willing to stand up to change this world themselves."

Tom Morello, activist and original member of Rage Against the Machine

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Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change

Opening February 2, 2024 — Ground‐breaking and history‐making moments when music made a difference.

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Black history and human rights

Learn about personal and collective acts of resistance and the ongoing fight for equality. Reflect on how we can work to end colonial and racist systems of repression.

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Photo: Hannibal Free Public Library, Steve Chou Tomlinson

Stories that move us Beyond the Beat

Historical and contemporary stories of how music, musicians and audiences move society towards greater justice.

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Plan your visit

Events

Woman, Life, Freedom and the power of collective art

March 8, 2024

Cost: Free

Six personnes portent une longue bannière blanche sur laquelle on peut lire les mots anglais en lettres majuscules noires "FEMME VIE LIBERTÉ" dans une rue de la ville de Toronto. Derrière elles, un défilé de femmes porte d'autres pancartes de protestation pour la Journée internationale des femmes. Partially obscured.

ᑕᐅᑐᒃᑕᕗᒃ Tautuktavuk (What We See)

March 8, 2024 to March 10, 2024

Cost: CMHR Members: Free, General Tickets: $10

Deux femmes inuites sont assises dans une pièce sombre, l’une en face de l’autre, et discutent de manière intime. L'une porte un chandail rouge, l'autre un chandail jaune. Partially obscured.

Woman, Life, Freedom

September 16, 2023 to March 10, 2024

Cost: This space is free to access

Une banderole blanche est accrochée à un mur, portant les mots "Femme, Vie, Liberté" en noir. De petits carrés de couleur avec du texte sont attachés à la bannière autour du texte. Partially obscured.

Annual Public Meeting

March 21, 2024

Cost: Free; registration required

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Stories

Black Lives Matter and the struggle for racial justice in Canada

By Debra Thompson

A large group of people holding signs with slogans such as “Black Lives Matter,” “Enough is Enough” and “Your Silence is Betrayal.” Partially obscured.

Beyond the Beats and Rhymes Is Life

By Mark V. Campbell (DJ Grumps)

A woman in a grey jacket and darker grey pants is breakdancing on a sidewalk during daytime. Trees and buildings are in the background. Partially obscured.

An interview with Tegan and Sara

By CMHR Curatorial Team

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The Amchitka Campaign

By Barbara Stowe

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Exhibitions

Climate Justice

June 2022 to June 2024

A crowd of youth hold protest signs and stand behind a large banner that reads “La Terre Mère,” or “mother earth” in English. Partially obscured.

Explore Canada’s proclamation through augmented reality 

August 2019 to May 2024

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Explore the Museum from home

Join Museum guides for virtual tours of our exhibits and architecture. Download our mobile app to check out the entire Museum, gallery by gallery. Discover our many special online experiences.

A smiling woman with light skin is filmed on a cell phone. She is wearing a lanyard with the words “Be inspired” and standing in front of an exhibit element made of horizontal strips of wood, some decorated with Indigenous art. Partially obscured.

Photo: CMHR, Scott Gillam