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Perspectives on Human Rights in Canada

Middle and Senior Years (Grades 5-12)

90 minutes

During this program, students explore pivotal moments, people and changes in Canada’s human rights history to modern day that bring to light the democratic ideals, rights, freedoms and responsibilities of Canadians.

Students learn about the struggles for labour rights, women’s rights, racial equality, Indigenous rights, linguistic rights and the rights of newcomers in Canada in the 1900s and 2000s, highlighting common threads such as the desire to protect fundamental freedoms.

Students experience several thematic exhibits and a film about the human rights journey throughout Canada’s history.

Students participate in an engaging discovery activity with objects to enhance their tour experience through three galleries. 

Students discuss what it means to be Canadian, what our history teaches us, and how there are multiple perspectives on human rights issues. 

Students celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary as they focus on the Canada 150 themes of diversity and inclusion, and reconciliation.