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November 20, 2015
It is the year 1988. I am in sixth grade. There is a teacher at my elementary school who wears the hijab, a head-covering veil or scarf. The hijab is a rare sight where I live on Prince Edward Island and I’m not sure what it means. Is she a nun? One day, another teacher explains to me that the...
September 24, 2015
Each year on September 28th, Canada, along with approximately 40 other countries, celebrates International Right to Know Day. The purpose of Right to Know Day is to raise awareness about the public’s right to access information held by public bodies and to highlight the importance of transparent...
March 31, 2015
How does a plastic grocery bag connect to human rights? One of the activities we offer for families during spring break involves learning to make a soccer ball from plastic bags, newspaper and string. It’s one of my favourites. The intention is to inspire thought and conversation about the right...
January 15, 2015
  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
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
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...
July 23, 2014
Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child protects the right of children to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. This right encompasses both the rights of children to join with adults in their cultural and artistic pursuits and the right to child-centered...
May 22, 2014
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...
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