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The Chinese head tax and the Chinese Exclusion Act

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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Japanese Canadian internment and the struggle for redress

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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The story of the Komagata Maru

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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A young woman sits on a ledge in a large circular hall. She is smiling at the camera and wearing jeans, a dark blouse and a red jacket

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

By Armando Perla, Researcher-Curator

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The story of Africville

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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Approaching the human rights stories of Indigenous peoples

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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The nuts and bolts of reconciliation

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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Why reconciliation? Why now?

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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A Yiddish poem from the Holocaust

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Black sleeping car porters

By Travis Tomchuk

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Reconciliation: A movement of hope or a movement of guilt?

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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A Universal commitment

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The Chinese head tax and the Chinese Exclusion Act

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

When he was a little boy growing up in Vancouver, Dr. Henry Yu didn’t understand why his grandfather frequently took him on long walks to visit Chinatown.

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Japanese Canadian internment and the struggle for redress

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

Before the outbreak of the Second World War, Lena Hayakawa lived what she describes as a very idyllic life.

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The story of the Komagata Maru

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

When Nimrat Randhawa and her family immigrated to Canada in the summer of 2003, they arrived completely in the dark – literally.

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A young woman sits on a ledge in a large circular hall. She is smiling at the camera and wearing jeans, a dark blouse and a red jacket

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

By Armando Perla, Researcher-Curator

The cornerstone of human rights protection in Canada is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter forms part of Canada’s Constitution and came into being on April 17, 1982.

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The story of Africville

By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

If you’ve never heard of Africville, you’re not alone; the tragic story of this small Black community in Nova Scotia is not as well known as it should be.

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Approaching the human rights stories of Indigenous peoples

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

This article focuses on the creation and development of exhibition content exploring the human rights stories of Indigenous people in this country. To tell these stories, the Museum engaged with communities and individuals in a process of truth-telling.

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The nuts and bolts of reconciliation

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

As a child, I often visited museums. I was lucky to be able to travel with my family, and to visit interpretive spaces across the country.

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Why reconciliation? Why now?

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

Since the publication of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report in 2015, more and more Canadians seem focused on the idea of reconciliation.

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A Yiddish poem from the Holocaust

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A yellowed paper with a handwritten text in Yiddish. The piece of paper is flat but was folded previously as old fold marks are obvious.

Black sleeping car porters

By Travis Tomchuk

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A black and white photo of four men in train porter uniforms. All of the men are smiling, and the two men in the middle appear to be shaking hands.

Reconciliation: A movement of hope or a movement of guilt?

By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

In Why reconciliation? Why now? I talked about the idea of reconciliation as an invitation to a new and shared future and as a pathway towards a good life, both for Indigenous people and for other Canadians.

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A Universal commitment

Discover the people of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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