52 stories of reflection & dialogue

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

We're about to turn one! With a team of contributors from across Canada and beyond, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights blog went live on May 9th, 2012.

In the 12 months since then, we have explored over 50 stories that have taken a look at some of the work being done as we build Canada's first National Museum since 1967. Exploring the architecture, the human rights landscape, and the promotion of respect, understanding, and dialogue.

CMHR ramps

CMHR architecture: the alabaster-clad ramps
(Photo Credit: Aaron Cohen/CMHR)


When we think of Museums we don't necessarily think of social change. And yet the Museums Act of Canada specifically states that each museum established by this Act:

“(a) plays an essential role, individually and together with other museums and like institutions, in preserving and promoting the heritage of Canada and all its peoples throughout Canada and abroad and in contributing to the collective memory and sense of identity of all Canadians; and

(b) is a source of inspiration, research, learning and entertainment that belongs to all Canadians and provides, in both official languages, a service that is essential to Canadian culture and available to all.”

While the blog is certainly a small facet of our online presence, as we move closer to the opening of our inaugural exhibits, there have already been wonderful connections forged between the CMHR and the public we are here to serve.

In Chandra Erlendson’s post "Winnipeg's Future Human Rights Leaders", we featured human rights programming at a Winnipeg School Division 1 Elementary school based on a book by author David J. Smith. On discovering the article, the Victoria, BC based author contacted the school’s principal to develop further learning opportunities for elementary students in the Winnipeg school division.

Publishing Heather Bidzinski's "Without a Trace", featured the Guatemalan civil war and enforced disappearances. After receiving permission to publish photos from Kate Doyle at the National Security Archive, it began a relationship with CMHR and resulted in a visit to meet with researchers based in Guatemala with the potential of future partnerships and knowledge sharing.

La Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG)

La Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG)
(Photo credit: Clint Curle, 2013)


Other posts have featured topics ranging from inclusive design to community outreach, banned books to media literacy, gingerbread houses to Google 3D models, superfans to 9 year old human rights champions, to name but a few.

Truly this is just a glimpse of the spectrum of stories that have been explored. So read on, send us your comments, and we look forward to bringing you more insight into all that's happening at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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