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November 10, 2015
matthewmcrae
I remember when I first learned the history of Indian residential schools in Canada. As a young boy growing up in Eastern Canada in the 1980s and 1990s, I was not taught about the legacy of residential schools. My teachers did not talk about it and my parents did not know about it. It was only when...
August 17, 2015
Julia Peristerakis
Reconciliation is a complex concept. It has many meanings. It can take various forms.  It involves many different aspects, like truth, justice, healing, and forgiveness. But none of these alone will necessarily lead to reconciliation.  An important first step for reconciliation is to develop a...
January 15, 2015
sharon.reilly
  Stories are at the heart of how the Museum talks about human rights. As a historian and a curator, I have found the stories which inspire us the most are often those told by the people who lived through them. It is a riveting way to learn about both our triumphs and our tragedies. For that...
January 2, 2015
matthewmcrae
On January 1, 2014 the galleries of our newly-finished building at the Forks stood largely empty and staff had yet to move in.  A year later, we are a fully operational national museum. It’s been a momentous year. Even in early 2014, the Museum saw plenty of activity.  A “Fragile Freedoms” lecture...
December 11, 2014
matthewmcrae
Right from the start, we knew that International Human Rights Day – happening on December 10, 2014 - would be a busy and exciting time, but we were thrilled to see just how many people were inspired to visit us for the occasion. To mark the day, the Museum provided free admission all day long and...
August 8, 2014
Julia Peristerakis
In honour of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9, we would like to share some of the ways we include Indigenous perspectives at the Museum.  As members of the Research and Curation team for Indigenous content, we seek out the voices of Indigenous peoples. In...
May 22, 2014
matthewmcrae
Joséphine Bacon was born and raised in the community of Pessamit (formerly Betsiamites). It is part of the Innu Territory, which spreads across northeastern Quebec and Labrador. She is an Innu poet, songwriter and documentary filmmaker. Joséphine is very concerned about the rights of her people and...
March 19, 2014
matthewmcrae
On April 27, 2013, a group of graduating students at Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia, held their school’s first-ever integrated prom, where both Black and white students could attend together. No, the year in that last sentence is not a typo. Until 2013, nearly 60 years after the...
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