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Remembering the Srebrenica Genocide

By Jeremy Maron

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

From refugee to firefighter

By Maureen Fitzhenry

A smiling man stands in front of a fire truck. Partially obscured.

A Canadian flag for equality

By Rémi Courcelles

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

Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket

Large artwork consisting of objects set in cedar frames. Partially obscured.

Graphic truths

By Stephen Carney

The covers of many graphic novels. Partially obscured.

Us vs. Them: The process of othering

By Clint Curle

A group of men building a stone wall across a city street Partially obscured.

Dick Patrick: An Indigenous veteran’s fight for inclusion

By Steve McCullough and Jason Permanand

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

The Wilcox County integrated prom

By Matthew McRae

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. Partially obscured.

Claiming our rights as a transgender family

By Rowan Jetté Knox

A smiling family of six in a living room. Partially obscured.

Seven awesome accessibility features at the Museum

By Matthew McRae

A hand touches braille letters on a museum exhibit. Partially obscured.

The stain of antisemitism in Canada

By Jeremy Maron

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

The chaotic story of the right to vote in Canada

By Matthew McRae

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

Language rights are human rights

By Rémi Courcelles

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

Face the music: Canadian musicians and human rights

By Julia Peristerakis

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. Partially obscured.

What led to the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda?

By Jeremy Maron

A large crowd of people of all ages carrying food and belongings walk toward the camera on a long dirt road through a bright green landscape of grass and bushes. The road and the crowd extend far into the distance. Partially obscured.

Voices of women and girls in war

By Isabelle Masson

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. Partially obscured.

Rohingya women call for justice

By Paula Kelly

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. Partially obscured.

The Winnipeg General Strike

By Travis Tomchuk

A large crowd gathered on a street Partially obscured.

The symbol of Pride

By Karine Duhamel

Two large Pride flags waving proudly in a large crowd. Partially obscured.

Jody Williams and the campaign to ban landmines

By Julia Peristerakis

A woman sitting on a chair with hands clasped looks thoughtfully ahead, as if answering a question. Partially obscured.

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.

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

In 1991, Ali and his wife fled a brutal civil war in Somalia, ending up in a Kenyan refugee camp with their 3 children. After a long process, they immigrate to Canada.

A smiling man stands in front of a fire truck.

A Canadian flag for equality

By Rémi Courcelles

Preserving a symbol of Canada’s human rights history

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

Large artwork consisting of objects set in cedar frames.

Graphic truths

By Stephen Carney

Eight graphic novels that tell compelling stories about injustice, activism and hope.

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.

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

Dick Patrick: An Indigenous veteran’s fight for inclusion

By Steve McCullough and Jason Permanand

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

The Wilcox County integrated prom

By Matthew McRae

In 2013, graduating students at a high school in Georgia, held their school’s first‐ever integrated prom, where Black and white students could attend together.

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 Rowan Jetté Knox

Names and pronouns may change but love stays constant.

A smiling family of six in a living room.

Seven awesome accessibility features at the Museum

By Matthew McRae

A hand touches braille letters on a museum exhibit.

The stain of antisemitism in Canada

By Jeremy Maron

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

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

Exploring Canada’s official languages framework.

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

Music is a universal language that transcends geographic and cultural barriers. Music moves us in a way that words alone cannot. But it can do much more than evoke emotion.

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

Learn how division, dehumanization and incitement of hatred set the stage for genocide.

A large crowd of people of all ages carrying food and belongings walk toward the camera on a long dirt road through a bright green landscape of grass and bushes. The road and the crowd extend far into the distance.

Voices of women and girls in war

By Isabelle Masson

Grace and Evelyn were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda when they were just girls. They managed to find their way back to freedom but have faced many new struggles since they returned home.

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

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.

The Winnipeg General Strike

By Travis Tomchuk

A large crowd gathered on a street

The symbol of Pride

By Karine Duhamel

The story of the iconic rainbow Pride flag. Created by Gilbert Baker in 1978, it is now a worldwide symbol of the fight for 2SLGBTQI+ rights.

Two large Pride flags waving proudly in a large crowd.

Jody Williams and the campaign to ban landmines

By Julia Peristerakis

A woman sitting on a chair with hands clasped looks thoughtfully ahead, as if answering a question.