International Human Rights Day

Celebrate International Human Rights Day at the Museum!

Enjoy free admission to our galleries and participate in family-focused programming as we explore ideas of inclusion, diversity, and accessibility. 

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the landmark United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Did you know Canada played a key role in the development of this Convention?

International Human Rights Day is a great day to discover how the rights of diversely abled people have been realized, and where challenges remain.

A note for people with allergies: Programming for International Human Rights Day includes the presence of guide dogs.


Schedule of programs

Demonstration of technology used by people with low vision 

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in theCanadian Journeys gallery on Level 2

How do people with low vision send a text message? How do they read a letter or an email? Join the Museum and partner Canadian National Institute for the Blind for a demonstration of the latest high-tech devices used by individuals who are blind or who have low vision. Experience daily activities from an alternative perspective.

Learning Braille
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Canadian Journeys gallery on Level 2

Learn to write your own name using basic Braille alphabet. Thousands of people with low vision around the world rely on Braille to communicate and interact with the world. The Braille writing system uses an alphabet of raised dots that can be perceived by touch.


Get interactive with Open Access Resource Center

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the PCL Terrace on Level 5

Experience how all people of diverse abilities are able to express themselves and find their voice to speak out.
Open Access Resource Center (OARC) is committed to improving the lives of Manitobans with speech challenges through the use of communication devices. Join the Museum and OARC for a family-friendly activity that demonstrates how people without speech are able to communicate. This participatory activity invites visitors to purchase items from a mock store window using a communication device.


Performance by 100 Decibels Deaf mime troupe

12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Buhler Hall on Level 1

Composed of two Deaf artists, the troupe’s mission is to help bridge the gap between the Deaf and hearing communities through highly skilled mime storytelling. The medium of mime allows the troupe to communicate with the hearing community in an unprecedented way. It’s beautiful for both the actors and their audience to watch these connections unfold. The artists take their name from the threshold for profound hearing loss, which is equivalent to 100 decibels.


Performance by All Abilities Dance Troupe
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Buhler Hall on Level 1
The troupe offers all of its dancers a way to exercise their right to freedom of expression! Founded by the Society of Manitobans with Disabilities in 2009, the All Abilities Dance Troupe grew out of a need for people with disabilities to have opportunities to share their love for dance. Since then, choreographer Brenda Gorlick has lead the group to featured performances at the SMD Foundation/Easter Seals MB Dancing with Celebrities gala, and showcases for Dance Manitoba and Bridge the Gap Winnipeg.


Meet a guide dog!
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the Sifton Family Terrace on Level 6

Have you ever wondered what kind of training guide dogs go through? Or what everyday life is like with a guide dog? Join Canadian National Institute for the Blind representative Tracy Garbutt and his guide dog to learn about the role guide dogs play in the lives of people with low vision. A question and answer session will follow.