COVID-19 – Learn at home

Learn about human rights at home.

We offer education programs and resources to support teachers and students in their efforts to keep learning during the COVID‐19 pandemic.

A boy studying at home with a tablet and doing school homework.

We have adapted some of our education programs and resources to support teachers and students in their efforts to keep learning at home. The Museum’s education programs team understands that these are difficult times for teachers and students. We hope these resources can engage your students in meaningful learning.

For help accessing programs online or for any other questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can reach us at education@humanrights.ca.

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Be an Upstander at Home

An upstander is someone who recognizes injustice, knows their personal strengths, and uses those strengths to create positive change.

Grades 5-8

Introduce students to fundamental human rights concepts and well-known upstanders and challenge them to become upstanders in their own unique ways.

This bilingual resource is designed for middle years students as a cross-curricular, multi-week unit. It promotes reflection, dialogue and meaningful action for human rights. Be an Upstander at Home encourages students to read, write, research and communicate ideas about rights and responsibilities and then to develop action plans to address a human rights injustice in their own communities.

Students can meet their English Language Arts and Social Studies learning outcomes as they use their strengths to create change. These learning activities may also apply to outcomes for Art, Music, Foods or other subjects.

Teacher guide

This adapted version of the Be an Upstander teacher guide simplifies the project into four at-home lessons, incorporating the video introduction and the interactive web resource. The first three lessons introduce students to upstanders and human rights and connect with their personal learning. The final lesson challenges students to become human rights upstanders by completing a small, action-oriented inquiry project.

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Virtual field trips

Our programs are designed to be inclusive and accessible for students of all needs and ages. Each of our curriculum‐based programs allows students to explore and discuss human rights issues through hands‐on learning and activities.

Thanks to the support of The Richardson Foundation and The Asper Foundation, more than 17,500 students visited us virtually this year! We are now fully booked for the remainder of the 2020/2021 school year.

Thanks to all the teachers and students from across Canada who participated in our virtual field trips. We will be offering free virtual programs to Canadian classrooms in the 2021/2022 school year. Bookings can be made starting July 1, 2021. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Virtual Field Trip: Quick Start Guide

Experience the galleries

You can now explore Museum exhibits and architecture using two pre-recorded virtual tours. (To connect your students with a Museum guide for a live virtual lesson, check out the Live virtual lesson: Deliberating Charter rights.)

We have prepared suggested lesson plans to accompany these tours.

Virtual Museum tour: Stay home, stay safe

In this 20-minute video, you follow a Museum guide through two galleries on the Museum’s second level – Indigenous Perspectives and Canadian Journeys. You’ll see the 360-degree “basket” theatre adorned with 13 spirit panels inspired by the visions of Indigenous youth, an 800-year-old moccasin print and the glowing alabaster rampways. You’ll also join the guide on the “Lights of Inclusion” floor projection, then hear about Canadian human rights defender Viola Desmond at the exhibit devoted to her story.

“Stay home, stay safe” unit plan: Grades 5-8

“Stay home, stay safe” unit plan: Grades 9-12

Video: Virtual Museum Tour: Stay Home, Stay Safe

A view from the top

In this 10-minute video, follow a Museum guide up glowing alabaster ramps to the 7th-floor Inspiring Change gallery. You'll see a tree that has been covered in crocheted squares of yarn by African and Canadian grandmothers, music-listening stations and a "Join the Conversation" station where visitors leave their own inspiring messages. Then, travel up the glass elevator to the Israel Asper Tower of Hope observation platform for panoramic views of Winnipeg.

“A view from the top” unit plan: Grades 5-8

“A view from the top” unit plan: Grades 9-12

Video: Virtual Museum Tour: A view from the top