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September 26, 2016
In the face of human rights violations, indifference can sometimes be a default response. It is often easiest to be indifferent – to keep one’s head down. But indifference is not a neutral response. It contributes to an environment where perpetrators act without fear of intervention or...
November 10, 2015
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...
February 12, 2015
Beginning in the early 19th century until 1863, people escaping slavery in the United States made their way to Canada via the Underground Railroad.  This is the subject of one of the exhibit alcoves in the Museum’s Canadian Journeys gallery, where I act as lead Researcher-Curator. Many people know...
January 26, 2015
On 27 January 1945, Soviet forces liberated Auschwitz, the horrific Nazi concentration camp where over a million people were murdered during the Holocaust (the vast majority of which were Jews). In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly established January 27 of each year as an International Day...
November 21, 2014
jeremy.maron2 comments
In 2008, Canada’s parliament designated the fourth Saturday of every November as ‘Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day’.  This day recognizes the 1932-33 famine in Soviet-controlled Ukraine that was deliberately caused by Josef Stalin’s regime in an attempt to destroy Ukrainian...
June 2, 2014
Monsignor Romero was murdered for refusing to be silent in the face of violence, abuse and injustice. He started his career as a conservative Catholic priest during the 1960s and 1970s in El Salvador, an extremely conservative society where the privileged few enjoyed great wealth at the expense of...
April 25, 2014
This year, Sunday April 27 marks the beginning of Yom ha-Shoah—a day devoted to the memory of the Holocaust 1. As such, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss an object the Canadian Museum for Human Rights recently acquired—a Yiddish poem from the Holocaust, written on January 13, 1943 by...
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