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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

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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

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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.

The Winnipeg General Strike

By Travis Tomchuk

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A large crowd gathered on a street

The symbol of Pride

By Karine Duhamel

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Several hands reaching toward a sunlit sky, with many waving rainbow flags.

Jody Williams and the campaign to ban landmines

By Julia Peristerakis

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

The Sharpeville Massacre

By Matthew McRae

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People stand in front of a row of coffins.

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.

The Winnipeg General Strike

By Travis Tomchuk

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A large crowd gathered on a street

The symbol of Pride

By Karine Duhamel

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Several hands reaching toward a sunlit sky, with many waving rainbow flags.

Jody Williams and the campaign to ban landmines

By Julia Peristerakis

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

The Sharpeville Massacre

By Matthew McRae

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People stand in front of a row of coffins.

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