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International Human Rights Day at the Museum

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Tracy Bone, a national award-winning country recording artist, performs in the Canadian Journeys gallery.

Right from the start, we knew that International Human Rights Day – happening on December 10, 2014 - would be a busy and exciting time, but we were thrilled to see just how many people were inspired to visit us for the occasion. To mark the day, the Museum provided free admission all day long and extended hours of operation until 9pm.  In total, more than 4,000 visitors passed through our galleries, visited our Boutique or grabbed a bite to eat in ERA Bistro.

A seated crowd watches a woman sing and play guitar
Visitors watch the performance of Tracy Bone in the Canadian Journeys Gallery

 

There were also special events in the Museum all day long. In the morning the Museum held its Annual Public Meeting inside the building – the event was open to all and was a chance for everyone to hear about our Museum’s operations.

A man speaks at a podium while a sitting woman watches him.
Elder David Courchene announces the new Indigenous cultural experience which begins in January 2015

 

In the afternoon, 30 people became Canadian citizens in the first-ever citizenship ceremony held inside the Museum.

Seven people stand in a line and pose for a photographer
New Canadian citizens proudly hold their certificates for the camera

 

Throughout the day there were various artisans in the Museum Boutique talking to visitors about their work, discussing everything from writing to drum-making.

Man holds a buckskin drum.
Robert Caribou from Manitoba Buckskin Drums held a drum building workshop and shared cultural, spiritual and historical teachings at the Boutique

 

In the evening the Assembly of First Nations Host Committee helped us organize a wonderful show. Aboriginal performers from many different First Nations and the Métis Nation danced, drummed and sang inside the Museum. 

Dancers perform in front of a seated crowd
The Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, a Métis dance group, put on a great show

Hoop dancer performs
A beautiful performance by hoop dancer Shanley Spence at the Museum Wednesday night

Five men sing and play handheld drums
The Dene Hand Drum Singers perform.

 

Thanks to all the organizers - including the Assembly of First Nations Host Committee - and the performers who worked so hard to make this day a special one.  We also thank all the visitors who joined us on December 10.  Many visitors shared their beautiful photos of the Museum on social media under the hashtags #VisitCMHR and #VisiterMCDP - we appreciated seeing all the wonderful images. It was an amazing day, and we were happy to see so many people coming together to learn more about human rights.

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