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...
September 21, 2016
Julia Peristerakis
The ability to express ourselves and communicate with others about important issues is vital to protecting and advancing human rights. For this reason, freedom of expression is often considered an important basis for the enjoyment of all other freedoms. In Canada, freedom of expression is protected...
September 15, 2016
There are few moments in time that change the world instantly – the kinds of moments whose significance is immediately felt and understood by every person watching it unfold. When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, the world was forever changed. The wall dividing Communist East Germany from...
September 8, 2016
Bruce Hall was born with multiple eye conditions. Legally blind, he uses cameras, lenses, magnifiers, telescopes and computer screens as extensions of his own body, using them to construct his world. A resident of California whose photography has appeared in National Geographicas well as in the...
September 3, 2016
I have always believed that museums are powerful places. Visiting a well-done exhibit can help us to grow by opening our minds and hearts to ideas that we may never have even considered. For me, our travelling exhibition Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists is a perfect example...
August 25, 2016
The latest in modern technology supports the oldest and most human form of communication – storytelling. Storytelling is at the heart of what we do at the Museum and virtual reality (VR) allows us to take visitors on a journey that starts inside our galleries and extends across the globe. Virtual...
August 24, 2016
In my last blog, I talked about the idea of reconciliation as an invitation to a new and shared future and as a pathway towards a good life, both for Indigenous people and for other Canadians. In short, what I was really talking about was reconciliation as a movement of hope. When I teach as an...
August 18, 2016
Early on in the construction of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, we realized we had a tremendous opportunity to create one of the most accessible Museums in the world. Sometimes, when a product or a building is designed, accessibility is only considered later on. Here at the Museum, however,...
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