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Covering the Holodomor: Memory Eternal

By Jeremy Maron

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A statue of a girl holding stalks of wheat.

Star Trek and human rights

By Murray Leeder and Alana Conway

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A humanoid alien stands next to a wall.

The murder of Elzéar Goulet and the struggle for Métis rights

By Karine Duhamel

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Riders on horseback with arrows and lances drawn ride across a rolling prairie landscape towards a herd of buffalo.

Remembering the Srebrenica Genocide

By Jeremy Maron

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Two uniformed soldiers sit on a large vehicle, overlooking a densely packed crowd of people that stretches into the distance.

From refugee to firefighter

By Maureen Fitzhenry

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A smiling man stands in front of a fire truck.

A Canadian flag for equality

By Rémi Courcelles

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A Canadian flag flies atop a large tower. In the foreground stands a statue of a veiled woman carrying a sword.

Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket

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Graphic truths

By Stephen Carney

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The covers of many graphic novels.

Us vs. Them: The process of othering

By Clint Curle

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A group of men building a stone wall across a city street

Dick Patrick: An Indigenous veteran’s fight for inclusion

By Jason Permanand and Steve McCullough

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The Wilcox County integrated prom

By Matthew McRae

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A smiling woman stands in front of a red prom dress and a black tuxedo mounted on mannequins. Both the dress and suit are on display behind a glass case.

Claiming our rights as a transgender family

By Amanda Jetté Knox

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A smiling family of six in a living room.

Seven awesome accessibility features at the Museum

By Matthew McRae

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A hand touches braille letters on a sign listing various locations in the Museum.

The stain of antisemitism in Canada

By Jeremy Maron

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A black-and-white photograph of a crowd of people, most of them standing, on a beach.

The chaotic story of the right to vote in Canada

By Matthew McRae

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An illustration of people in line waiting to vote. The man in front places his ballot in the box on the table.

Language rights are human rights

By Rémi Courcelles

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A stop sign and street sign in both English and French are seen in front of trees.

Face the music: Canadian musicians and human rights

By Julia Peristerakis

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Two women and a man stand on a stage while a group of people in white shirts stand on risers behind them. The woman in the centre is waving to someone off-camera, and the man on the right is holding a microphone.

What led to the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda?

By Jeremy Maron

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Thousands of refugees carrying their belongings and walking along a long dirt road. Bright green grass and bushes flank the road.

Voices of women and girls in war

By Isabelle Masson

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A woman is holding a baby, while four men in army fatigues stand beside and behind her. They are all standing in front of a forest, posed for the camera.

Rohingya women call for justice

By Paula Kelly

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A group of Rohingya women and men carry young children and belongings as they walk in a line over an earthen dike over a stretch of water.

Covering the Holodomor: Memory Eternal

By Jeremy Maron

Explore the role of journalists and the media in hiding and revealing the story of the genocidal famine in Ukraine engineered by Josef Stalin.

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A statue of a girl holding stalks of wheat.

Star Trek and human rights

By Murray Leeder and Alana Conway

Star Trek has offered an intelligent, socially conscious approach to science fiction since it debuted in 1966. Current Star Trek series feature complex, nuanced perspectives on important human rights matters such as genocide, migrancy and refugees.

A humanoid alien stands next to a wall.

The murder of Elzéar Goulet and the struggle for Métis rights

By Karine Duhamel

Elzéar was raised in the Métis trapping and trading tradition and was killed for his role in the Red River Resistance. His story reflects the long struggle for Métis rights that includes the founding of Manitoba.

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Riders on horseback with arrows and lances drawn ride across a rolling prairie landscape towards a herd of buffalo.

Remembering the Srebrenica Genocide

By Jeremy Maron

Kerim Bajramovic and Aida Šehović are both Bosniaks touched by the Srebrenica Genocide in different ways. Their perspectives offer distinct personal lenses through which we can learn about Srebrenica and its legacy.

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Two uniformed soldiers sit on a large vehicle, overlooking a densely packed crowd of people that stretches into the distance.

From refugee to firefighter

By Maureen Fitzhenry

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A smiling man stands in front of a fire truck.

A Canadian flag for equality

By Rémi Courcelles

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A Canadian flag flies atop a large tower. In the foreground stands a statue of a veiled woman carrying a sword.

Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket

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Large artwork consisting of objects set in cedar frames.

Graphic truths

By Stephen Carney

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The covers of many graphic novels.

Us vs. Them: The process of othering

By Clint Curle

Explore the relationship between othering, human rights violations and the process of genocide through the lenses of the Holocaust and the Rohingya genocide.

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A group of men building a stone wall across a city street

Dick Patrick: An Indigenous veteran’s fight for inclusion

By Jason Permanand and Steve McCullough

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A snow-covered country road with mountains in the background.

The Wilcox County integrated prom

By Matthew McRae

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A smiling woman stands in front of a red prom dress and a black tuxedo mounted on mannequins. Both the dress and suit are on display behind a glass case.

Claiming our rights as a transgender family

By Amanda Jetté Knox

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A smiling family of six in a living room.

Seven awesome accessibility features at the Museum

By Matthew McRae

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A hand touches braille letters on a sign listing various locations in the Museum.

The stain of antisemitism in Canada

By Jeremy Maron

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A black-and-white photograph of a crowd of people, most of them standing, on a beach.

The chaotic story of the right to vote in Canada

By Matthew McRae

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An illustration of people in line waiting to vote. The man in front places his ballot in the box on the table.

Language rights are human rights

By Rémi Courcelles

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A stop sign and street sign in both English and French are seen in front of trees.

Face the music: Canadian musicians and human rights

By Julia Peristerakis

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Two women and a man stand on a stage while a group of people in white shirts stand on risers behind them. The woman in the centre is waving to someone off-camera, and the man on the right is holding a microphone.

What led to the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda?

By Jeremy Maron

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Thousands of refugees carrying their belongings and walking along a long dirt road. Bright green grass and bushes flank the road.

Voices of women and girls in war

By Isabelle Masson

Grace Acan and Evelyn Amony were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda when they were just girls. They were enslaved and spent years in captivity, away from their families. They managed to find their way back to freedom but have faced many new struggles since they returned home. 

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A woman is holding a baby, while four men in army fatigues stand beside and behind her. They are all standing in front of a forest, posed for the camera.

Rohingya women call for justice

By Paula Kelly

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A group of Rohingya women and men carry young children and belongings as they walk in a line over an earthen dike over a stretch of water.

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