January 27, 2018
On January 27, 1945, Soviet forces liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. At this notorious site, Nazi Germany, under Adolf Hitler, murdered more than a million people – almost one million of them were Jews. In 2005, the United Nations designated January 27 as...
November 11, 2017
Rhea Yates
Accessibility and inclusion advocate Haben Girma (left) sits next to blog author Rhea Yates.    Haben Girma confesses to being a little bored by stories featuring people with disabilities who overcome challenges. Haben, who is Deaf-Blind, is much more interested in exploring stories about how...
November 8, 2017
On December 8, 1941, the Japanese army launched an attack on the then-British colony of Hong Kong, located in Southern China. The attack was one of the opening salvos of the Second World War in the Pacific, which would pit Japan against the allied nations, including the United States, Great Britain...
October 25, 2017
It took Gogo Gladys Tyophol many years to come to terms with the death of her only son. He died of HIV in May 2005, and his wife passed away only a few months after that. Tyophol, who lives in Khayelitsha Township, outside of Cape Town, South Africa, was left alone to care for her son’s three young...
September 18, 2017
Work on the community garden begins. (Photo: John Kozlowski/CMHR)   My partner and I have a small garden just outside the front door of our home. I will admit that it’s not much to look at. We’ve only grown two tomato plants, some basil, oregano and a few flowers, all in small pots. Nonetheless,...
September 13, 2017
On September 13, 2017, people around the world will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). UNDRIP affirms the inherent or pre-existing rights of Indigenous peoples, both as individuals and as nations. While Indigenous peoples...
August 8, 2017
This blog series has focused on the way we present Indigenous content within the Museum and how we are approaching reconciliation. Reconciliation, defined in previous blogs as a process based on hope, remains the core animating principle of a collection of stories that brings together the...
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...
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