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April 20, 2014
Transcript Warning: this blog post contains sensitive material that may be disturbing to some readers. When Canadians talk about slavery, we often point with pride to the role our country played in the mid-1800s as a safe haven for Americans escaping captivity via the Underground railroad.  But...
November 19, 2013
On September 27 and 28, 2013, I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Toronto called “Contextualizing the Holodomor”, which was held to mark the 80th anniversary of the 1932-1933 famine-genocide in Ukraine.  The conference was organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (...
November 15, 2013
During and after the First World War, the leaders of the Ottoman Empire (the forerunner of the modern-day Republic of Turkey) made a brutal attempt to destroy the empire’s entire Armenian population. The victims were massacred or forced on death marches through the desert. Approximately one and a...
October 22, 2013
Lola Fidencia David was 14 years old when she was captured and raped by Japanese soldiers during the Second World War occupation of The Philippines. As one of the last living survivors of the “comfort women” enslavement, she has travelled the world advocating on behalf of human rights. As part of...
October 1, 2013
Artifacts to be on Display at the CMHR One of the first points of collaboration under the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and The Manitoba Museum (TMM) will be the loan of several rare artifacts to the CMHR from the 1919 Winnipeg General...
June 18, 2013
“If you are with us, we'll feed you; if not, we'll kill you." This is what former Guatemalan President Rios Montt reportedly said to an audience of indigenous Guatemalans in 1982.  The president kept his promise. During Guatemala’s 36-year civil war, 200,000 people (mostly Indigenous) were...
April 2, 2013
Last month, I travelled to Yerevan, Armenia to meet with people from the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI). They’re working to raise greater awareness of a horrific genocide that saw the murder of 1.5 million people during the final years of the Ottoman Empire. Men, women and children –...
March 11, 2013
On January 17, 2013, I had the privilege to participate in the Raoul Wallenberg Day program at the Gray Academy of Jewish Education, a Winnipeg school that offers general as well as Jewish academic programs for students from junior kindergarten to grade 12. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat...
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