July 27, 2017
Rhea Yates
Fifty years ago, 10 young Indigenous athletes ran an 800-kilometre relay from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, carrying the torch that would open the 1967 Pan American Games. On the final leg of the run, teenager Dave Courchene ran to the gates of Winnipeg Stadium and was told to hand...
June 21, 2017
If I were alive in Canada before 1929, I would not have been considered a person. “Persons” under the British North America Act referred only to men. In fact, a group of five women had to take this fight to the highest courts in the land before they finally achieved recognition as persons. I am a...
June 20, 2017
One of the newest exhibits at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is called “Four Freedoms,” in our Turning Points for Humanity gallery. In his January 1941 State of the Union address, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt articulated four fundamental freedoms that everyone in the world ought...
May 30, 2017
When he was a little boy growing up in Vancouver, Dr. Henry Yu didn’t understand why his grandfather frequently took him on long walks to visit Chinatown. It was only when Dr. Yu was much older that he realized that his grandfather’s walks were connected to two discriminatory policies from Canada’s...
May 18, 2017
Before the outbreak of the Second World War, Lena Hayakawa lived what she describes as a very idyllic life. Hayakawa was born in British Columbia and until she was 11, she lived on her father’s strawberry farm in the countryside.  She told me it was a simple living, but her family was happy. That...
April 28, 2017
When Nimrat Randhawa and her family immigrated to Canada in the summer of 2003, they arrived completely in the dark – literally. As Randhawa’s plane was landing at Pearson International Airport, the Northeast blackout of 2003 struck, affecting nearly 10 million people in Ontario and another 45...
April 12, 2017
The cornerstone of human rights protection in Canada is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter forms part of Canada’s Constitution and came into being on April 17, 1982, with the signature of the Constitution Act, 1982. Looking back 35 years, how did the Charter change the way...
March 3, 2017
This is the third blog in a series about the stories and artifacts that are found in the Museum’s new travelling exhibition – 1867: Rebellion & Confederation. 1867 explores the 30 years of Canadian history that culminated in Canadian confederation. This blog is about the struggle for democratic...
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