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Inspirational Quote

"Now is the time for great vigilance and support for our most vulnerable 2SLGBTQI+ community members."

Michelle Douglas, Purge Survivor and Executive Director of the LGBT Purge Fund

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The symbol of Pride

The rainbow flag is an iconic symbol recognized by people and communities worldwide, here's its story.

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Claiming our rights as a transgender family

Names and pronouns may change but love stays constant.

A smiling family of six gathered around a dining room table.

Photo: Danielle Donders

Ukrainian Artists United

Until Sept. 30, 2023 - An intimate look at artists connecting, resisting and healing through the power of music. Their stories, told through images, voiceover and music, provide insight into their lives as people who are impacted by the ongoing war.

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Plan your visit


Human Rights Through Film: Twice Colonized

May 31 to June 8, 2023

Cost: CMHR Members: Free, General Tickets: $8

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Aaju Peter covers her eyes and cheeks with her bare hands. Tattoos are visible on her forehead, chin, fingers and wrists. Her hands and the visible parts of her face are illuminated and are framed by her dark curly hair and angular shoulders.

Prioritizing Indigenous Values in Wildlife Conservation

Monday, June 12, 2023

Cost: Free, email to register

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Smiling female wearing a fur-lined parka posing in front of a mountainous terrain.

Guilt and decolonization: navigating emotions in the pursuit of action

June 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2023

Cost: Free

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A visitor looks at a gallery niche on residential schools at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Two small desks sit in the middle of the niche. A large image of Indigenous students sitting at desks at a residential school is on the back wall of the niche, with images and artifacts on the side walls.

How do we grow our hope and faith?

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Cost: Free, registration required

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The night sky is lit up green, yellow and blue with Northern lights. There are large, tall trees on the right-hand side of the image and a lake to the left.


What is the Doctrine of Discovery?

By Travis Tomchuk

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Two people in braids and ribbon skirts raise fists and hold a large cloth banner reading “RESCIND THE DOCTRINE” on the steps of an enormous cathedral.

Conserving the Witness Blanket

By Skylar Wall, Cindy Colford, Carolyn Sirett, Stephanie Chipilski and Carey Newman

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De nombreux morceaux de bois et d’autres matériaux sont disposés selon des motifs géométriques qui s’emboîtent et se répètent.

Why reconciliation? Why now?

By Karine Duhamel

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Visages sculptés en bois.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Karine Duhamel

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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.

The Witness Blanket

This monumental work of art honours Survivors of Canada’s residential schools. A new website lets you learn from their experiences and bear witness to their stories.

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Une personne aux cheveux frisés, portant des lunettes et un haut noir, examine une grande œuvre d’art composée d’objets placés dans des cadres en cèdre. L’image est scindée en plusieurs formes géométriques qui s’emboîtent les unes dans les autres sur un fond brun pâle, avec une légère texture de grain de bois.

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.

Photo: CMHR, Scott Gillam