News Releases listing

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.

CMHR to close due to risks from COVID-19

Winnipeg - March 13, 2020

Due to public health risks associated with the COVID‐19 pandemic, all national museums of Canada – including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) – have made the decision to close their doors to visitors and all other groups, effective tomorrow (Saturday, March 14) until further notice. “W

February 2020

CBC science journalist Bob McDonald to speak to students about climate action at CMHR

Winnipeg - February 28, 2020

Students from 64 Manitoba schools will join CBC national science journalist Bob McDonald and CBC Manitoba meteorologist John Sauder for an exciting mass youth event about climate change next Tuesday at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). The event – originally planned with American celeb

A man looking at the camera tosses up a globe.

Hundreds of Indigenous students “Rise Up” at CMHR

Winnipeg - February 18, 2020

Hundreds of Indigenous students from the Seven Oaks School Division will gather for two days at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) this week to connect, celebrate their culture and discover how they can take action for human rights. The gathering – called “Rise Up” – is a highlight of th

People in a Museum gallery explore tall wooden panels with wildlife and Métis beadwork. There are curved horizontal wooden slats to the right.

January 2020

Rock star presents his “virtual being” to students at CMHR

Winnipeg - January 27, 2020

Hundreds of high‐school students will meet Ophelia, a virtual being who learns from her conversations with humans, during a youth event this Thursday at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).

A digitized image of the blue head of a virtual woman.

Son of “Mengele twin” speaks at Museum for 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Winnipeg - January 23, 2020

They were Jewish children subjected to medical experiments by Dr. Josef Mengele as twins imprisoned at Auschwitz‐Birkenau, the notorious Nazi death camp that was liberated on January 27, 1945.  Richard K. Lowy, the Canadian son of a twin who survived this horror, will give a mesmerizing

Train tracks lead to a distant building recognizable as the Auschwitz-Birkenau gate house.

CMHR welcomes visitors from 85 countries, every province and state

Winnipeg - January 22, 2020

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) welcomed visitors from at least 85 countries last year, including people from every province and territory in Canada and every state in the USA. Participants at the Museum’s Annual Public Meeting today heard that 66 per cent of its visitors travell

A crowd of people in a museum gallery. There are colourful light bubbles on the floor beneath them.

December 2019

Human rights for the holidays

Winnipeg - December 12, 2019

Free admission for kids, family‐friendly activities at CMHR

An unusual building surrounded by a glass "cloud" and topped by a tower. It is surrounded by snow and bare trees.

Free admission, family programs for International Human Rights Day

Winnipeg - December 6, 2019

Evening event to focus on forgotten genocide of Nigeria‐Biafra war

A man and woman stand looking at a double-sided video screen in a museum gallery. The man is pointing at the screen.

New film shows Rwandan-Canadian pursuit of justice after genocide

Montréal - December 4, 2019

A new film by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will be screened in Montréal on Sunday about the work of the Rwandan‐Canadian community to pursue justice against suspected war criminals identified in Canada after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. The short documentary film, crea

A group of people walking down a street with sign that reads “Commémoration du génocide contre les Tutsi du Rwanda. Avril-Juillet 1994.”.

November 2019

Children to celebrate 30th anniversary of Rights of the Child

Winnipeg - November 19, 2019

Dozens of Winnipeg school children will join national and international representatives of SOS Children’s Villages at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) for World Children’s Day this Wednesday, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights o

Four small, laughing boys sit together in a row.

National book launch: Artist shares epic journey to “pick up the pieces” for the Witness Blanket

Winnipeg - November 18, 2019

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will host the national launch of a book that explores the epic quest to gather items from over 130 sites of Indian residential schools for the Witness Blanket, a monumental art installation by master carver Carey Newman (Ha‐Yalth‐Kin‐Geme). In conversat

A man wearing traditional Indigenous regalia and headdress stands in front of an art installation made of wooden panels with embedded objects.

New exhibit explores fight for rights on the job

Winnipeg - November 15, 2019

A miner’s helmet, a nurse’s uniform, and a railway conductor’s cap are being used to help tell the story of three important labour‐rights struggles that led to positive changes for Canadian workers. Created in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, a n

A line of miners hold lunch pails as they punch a time clock.