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Education at the heart of Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Canadian students will soon have more opportunities to learn about human rights.  At our Annual Public Meeting on Dec. 6, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights announced a partnership with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) to create a national educators’ toolkit through a centralized database of human-rights learning material.

The meeting was held at Winnipeg’s Sisler High School – a true leader in human rights education and programming and the largest school in Manitoba – and included a performance from the school’s premiere dance troupe, as well as a moving commemoration from two of the school’s football players for the École Polytechnique massacre.

 

Performance from the school’s premiere dance troupe

 

Commemoration from two of the school’s football players for the École Polytechnique massacre

Commemoration for the École Polytechnique massacre

 

Building on the announcement of our partnership with the CTF, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was in Ottawa yesterday  (Dec. 10) to launch “Canadian Defenders for Human Rights”, a project being developed with the CTF, the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

“Canadian Defenders for Human Rights” will become a Canadian version of “Speak Truth to Power”, a human-rights educational tool conceived by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. It uses the experiences of human-rights defenders, from the U.S. and around the world, to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action. 

The Canadian version of this program will feature Canadian human-rights defenders that will inspire Canadian students to take action for human rights and will be available in both official languages.  A toolkit will be developed that includes reflections of Canadian history, Aboriginal Peoples, and contemporary Canadian issues and human rights defenders.

More to follow about this exciting project in an upcoming blog post – stay tuned!

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