News Releases listing

July 2021

CMHR reopens tomorrow: Witness Blanket now on display

Winnipeg - July 26, 2021

800 objects hold stories of residential school survivors from across Canada

A large art installation composed of hundreds of objects embedded in a cedar frame resembling a quilted blanket.

Statement: Reopening in compliance with Manitoba’s Public Health Order

Winnipeg - July 20, 2021

Over the last few days, we have received numerous questions, comments and criticism about our decision to reopen on July 27 in compliance with the provincial public health order. Currently, the law specifically allows us to admit only those visitors who have been double vaccinated against COVID

A city skyline at night. In the foreground is a river lined by trees, a glowing glass museum building and a bridge.

May 2021

Experiences of anti‐Asian racism during COVID‐19 to be shared in virtual event

Winnipeg - May 17, 2021

University student Alec Carlos was walking in the mall with some friends when he heard it. Coming from a group of young white men passing by – which included some of his former schoolmates. “One of them said, ‘These Asians are taking over our town,’” said Carlos, who was born in the Philippines a

Colourful paper origami cranes hang in vertical rows.

April 2021

Art that sparks activism: New exhibitions open at CMHR

Winnipeg - April 29, 2021

Powerful works of art that have inspired action for human rights around the world are featured in two exhibitions opening tomorrow (April 30) at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). See video. Faces of captured Yazidi women, preserved in paper-mâché, dangle from the bars of a steel cage. On

White casts of women’s faces hang by threads from the steel bars of a large cage.

Exposing the Uyghur genocide in China: a virtual event

Winnipeg - April 19, 2021

Two Manitobans who witnessed the dramatic escalation of mass detentions, disappearances and other human rights violations against the Uyghur people of East Turkestan (Xinjiang) in China will moderate a virtual event this week organized by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Steinbach’s Mennonit

 A line of people holding photographs and signs stand outside government buildings.

March 2021

New CMHR leaders to focus on community and collaboration

Winnipeg, MB - March 29, 2021

Two new leaders have been welcomed to the management team of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) as it continues its journey to build a stronger, more equitable organization, CEO Isha Khan announced today.   Riva Harrison brings 20 years of senior leadership experience and a lifelong

A smiling woman and man stands outside in front of a museum building that features a curved glass facade and a tower.

January 2021

Thousands of students “visit” Museum via virtual field trips

Winnipeg - January 26, 2021

Human rights conversation and education kept alive during pandemic

A woman wearing headphones, holding a mobile device on a handle, stands in a Museum gallery.

Online film, discussion with Holocaust survivor mark Warsaw Ghetto 80th anniversary

Winnipeg - January 25, 2021

Just over 80 years ago, the notorious Warsaw Ghetto was sealed off by brick walls, barbed wire and armed guards. Jewish inhabitants caught trying to escape were shot on sight. The Nazis controlled food supplies in the ghetto, with starvation and disease killing thousands each mon

The silhouette of a soldier is shown inside the outline of a child’s profile, with barbed wire and a wall in the background.

Protecting human rights during the pandemic

Winnipeg - January 15, 2021

A discussion with the ambassadors of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland

National flags fly side-by-side on tall flag poles.

December 2020

CMHR glows with “northern lights” to signal hope for the new year

Winnipeg - December 21, 2020

On the darkest day of the year, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) building will light up in glowing colours as a sign of hope and optimism for 2021. The winter solstice marks a change of season and time of renewal that has long been celebrated by Indigenous people. It is a time to

A building surrounded by glass panes illuminated in blue and purple. Snowflake designs are also projected on the windows.

November 2020

Can machines become evil?

Winnipeg - November 16, 2020

Renowned AI expert to speak at CMHR online event, urging action to keep technology “human”

A woman in a black leather jacket.

Museum charts its path forward

Winnipeg - November 5, 2020

Isha Khan, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), today released a framework plan to create a safe, respectful and healthy workplace. The document has been posted on the CMHR website. “Creating lasting change requires a deep commitment to challenging our systems and the

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September 2020

Masks now required at CMHR 

Winnipeg - September 15, 2020

Effective today, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) requires face masks to be worn by everyone on its premises, including visitors, staff and volunteers. Exceptions will be made for those under the age of five and for people who cannot wear face masks due to medical conditions. Visitors

A woman wearing a black face mask stands in front of a museum exhibit consisting of red dresses hanging in front of a woodland background.

August 2020

CMHR welcomes new leader as crucial step towards positive change

Winnipeg - August 10, 2020

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) welcomes today’s announcement of Manitoba human rights lawyer and advocate Isha Khan as its new president and chief executive officer. CMHR Board Chair Pauline Rafferty said the appointment is a crucial and positive step towards rebuilding trust in the

Exterior shot of the Museum at an upward angle.

CMHR releases independent report 

Winnipeg - August 5, 2020

CMHR Board announces immediate action on training, reporting and hiring practices; new corporate focus on diversity and inclusion

An interior shot the Museum's Israel Asper Tower of Hope.

June 2020

CMHR Board announces immediate departure of CEO

Winnipeg - June 25, 2020

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has announced immediate action to address recent allegations of systemic racism, discrimination and claims of sexual harassment at the Museum. “These allegations were not properly escalated to the Board of Trustees,” said Board

The Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation in the Museum

Statement: Apology from the Executive team of the CMHR

Winnipeg - June 19, 2020

From January 2015 (when the Museum began offering education programs) until mid‐2017, the Museum accommodated some school groups who requested adapted school programs that excluded – or even hid – LGBTQ2+ content. This practice was wrong and was ended. This practice is contrary to the Museum’s ma

Exterior view of the museum architecture with prairie grass in the foreground

Museum to welcome back visitors on June 17

Winnipeg - June 10, 2020

Free admission for frontline pandemic workers on #FrontlineFridays

Five people in a Museum gallery. Two sit on a bench. Three people, including one in a wheelchair, are on a circular area where bubbles of coloured light are projected on the floor.

May 2020

Museum offers help for teachers during pandemic

Winnipeg - May 1, 2020

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is working to help teachers deliver at‐home learning about human rights. A new section of its website, called the “COVID‐19 – Learn at home” page, was launched this week. Among the new educational initiatives is a free virtual lesson for high

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

March 2020

Museum invites social sharing through video stories

Winnipeg - March 30, 2020

Online features encourage focus on human rights during pandemic

A city skyline at night. In the foreground is a river lined by trees, a glowing glass museum building and a bridge.