Museum announces photo selection for new Canada 150 exhibition

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They tell stories of passion and protest, family and friendship, suffering and struggle, hunger and hope.

Weronika Murray, Fancy Shawl
Dancer 1. 2016

After receiving 984 submissions from across Canada, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) today announced that 70 photographs have been selected by a jury for a new Canada 150 exhibition called Points of View, which will open a week before Canada Day.

Selected photos are now posted online. This national human rights photography exhibition opens June 23 in the Museum's Level 1 Gallery and runs until February 4. The jury also recognized best submissions in four themed categories, best image by a youth, and best overall photograph – all to be announced on June 22. Visitors to the exhibition and online gallery after June 22 will have an opportunity to cast their own votes for a "People's Choice" cash award, to be announced in January 2018.

Reed Oslund, Lee. 2016

The CMHR issued an open call in September for crowd‐themes in four categories – freedom of expression; inclusion and diversity; reconciliation; and human rights and the environment.

A list of photographers whose work was selected for the exhibition is attached, along with information about members of the multidisciplinary jury. High‐resolution versions of photos are available for media use upon request.

The photographers

Work by the photographers below was selected for inclusion in Points of View by a multi‐disciplinary jury. Six awards (best in each themed category, best youth photo and best overall submission) will be announced when the exhibition is officially launched on June 22.

Northwest Territories

Pierre‐Emmanuel Chaillon, Fort Smith
Weronika Murray, Inuvik – 4 images
Nicolas Servel, Yellowknife

British Columbia

Wade Andrew, North Vancouver
Conrad Desjarlais, Vancouver
Crystal Favel, Squamish
Rajneesh Fontana, Victoria
Carla Nemiroff, New Denver – 3 images
Linda Vermeulen, Fanny Bay
Kameko Walker, Surrey


Joey Podlubny, Calgary


Melanie Gray, Humboldt


Cheryle Broszeit, Winnipeg
Steve Courchene, Winnipeg – 2 images
Tim Dawson, Winnipeg
Muhammad Munimuzzaman Khan, Winnipeg
James Lazar, Winnipeg
Nancy McMillan, Winnipeg
Reed Oslund, Winnipeg – 2 images
Michael Pratt, Winnipeg – 2 images
Madelaine Toupin, Beausejour


Lila Donaghy, Marathon
Joshua Jensen, Sarnia – 2 images
Tony Luciani, Durham
Ingrid Mayrhofer, Toronto
Alexandra Pedersen, Kingston
Robert Teteruck, Oakville
Michael Toledano, North York – 3 images


Marc Bergeron, Québec
Jean‐Michel Boivin‐Deschênes, Montréal
Paul Patrick Charbonneau, Montréal
Arianne Clément, Montréal – 2 images
Caroline Custeau, Saint‐Denis‐de‐Brompton – 2 images
Mélina Desrosiers, Montréal
Khaled El‐Hage, Québec – 2 images
Darren Ell and Philippe Montbazet, Montréal/Outremont – joint submission
Rémi Flament, Montréal
Nicolas Gouin, Montréal
Cory Hunlin, Montréal
Christian Lamontagne, Rimouski – 3 images
Karel Lopes, Montréal
Félix Ménard, Montréal
Luigi Pastò, Beaconsfield – 2 images
Sylvie Pinsonneault, Lachine
Marcelo Riveros, Québec
Grace Singh, Rivière‐du‐Loup
Pierre St‐Arnault, Cowansville
Mikaël Theimer, Montréal
Elvira Truglia, Montréal – 2 images
Eric Tschaeppeler, Montréal

Newfoundland and Labrador

Ossie Michelin, North West River – 2 images

The jury

Geneviève Cadieux, an influential figure in Canadian photography, received a 2011 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts for her significant artistic contributions to Canada. She teaches photography at Concordia University in Montréal.

Dr. Kerri A. Froc is a professor of law at the University of New Brunswick, a Trudeau and Vanier scholar, and a member of the Saskatchewan and Ontario bars. She writes on the history and interpretation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, focusing on women's rights.

Dr. Jeremy Maron is a curator at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where he oversees content related to historical atrocities. He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Mediations from Carleton University, where he studied the treatment of the Holocaust in Canadian cinema.

Farah Nosh is an award‐winning photographer whose coverage of the Middle East has appeared internationally. In 2011 she launched a photo exhibition featuring the last fluent speakers of the Haida language. Nosh teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. 

David Alexander Robertson is a best‐selling writer whose diverse work includes children's literature, graphic novels, and novels. He won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer in 2015, and his books are widely used in the field of Indigenous education.

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