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Welcome - Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Inspirational Quote

"When people know what their rights are, it is easier for them to put pressure on governments."

John Peters Humphrey, Canadian legal scholar and human rights advocate

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A Universal commitment

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was the result of an extensive process involving the contributions of many people and perspectives, among which Eleanor Roosevelt and John Peters Humphrey.

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Holiday Programming

Nov 11 2023 — Jan 6 2024 - Reconnect at this special time of year! Visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy our jolly activities planned over the Holidays.

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Ukrainian Artists United

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


Holiday Programming

November 11, 2023 to January 6, 2024

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Premiere of IKWEWI – She is a Woman

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

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

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Opikinawasowin – The process of lifting children and growing sacredness

December 9, 2023

Cost: Free, registration required

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Woman, Life, Freedom

September 16, 2023 to March 10, 2024

Cost: This space is free to access

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Would you risk your life to expose a violation of human rights?

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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Karine Duhamel

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What document recognizes the dignity and rights of all human beings?

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Black Lives Matter and the struggle for racial justice in Canada

By Debra Thompson

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Climate Justice

June 2022 to June 2024

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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.

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Photo: CMHR, Scott Gillam