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    Truth and Reconciliation

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    Truth and Reconciliation

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    Truth and Reconciliation presents the tragic history of Canada’s residential schools and the ongoing efforts to use education and discussion to move towards reconciliation.

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    Canadian civil rights trailblazers

    By Jason Permanand

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     A black and white photo of a movie theatre audience. The picture is taken from the front of the theatre looking towards the back, so the faces of the audience can be seen. Potted palm trees line the walls on each side.

    One woman's resistance

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    A head-and-shoulder portrait of Viola Desmond framed by a vertical purple rectangle. Viola is wearing a white top.

    Planting a seed: Creating a community garden at the Museum

    By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

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    Seven men and women work in a garden on a sunny day. The garden is circular and has very few plants in it. Around the garden are tall grass, trees, a walking path and a sidewalk. In the background, part of the Museum’s stone structure can be seen.

    Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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    Truth and reconciliation: What’s next?

    By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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    Lighting the flame

    By Rhea Yates, Manager, Digital Outreach

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    A man carrying a torch stands on a ladder to light a flame within a copper cauldron.

    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

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

    By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

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    Stories

    Canadian civil rights trailblazers

    By Jason Permanand

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     A black and white photo of a movie theatre audience. The picture is taken from the front of the theatre looking towards the back, so the faces of the audience can be seen. Potted palm trees line the walls on each side.

    One woman's resistance

    Viola Desmond helped inspire Canada’s civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat in a movie theatre. Now, she is on the $10 bill.

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    A head-and-shoulder portrait of Viola Desmond framed by a vertical purple rectangle. Viola is wearing a white top.

    Planting a seed: Creating a community garden at the Museum

    By Matthew McRae, Communications Advisor

    My partner and I have a small garden just outside the front door of our home. I will admit that it’s not much to look at.

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    Seven men and women work in a garden on a sunny day. The garden is circular and has very few plants in it. Around the garden are tall grass, trees, a walking path and a sidewalk. In the background, part of the Museum’s stone structure can be seen.

    Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

    On September 13, 2017, people around the world will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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    Truth and reconciliation: What’s next?

    By Karine Duhamel, Researcher-Curator, Indigenous Content

    This article series has focused on the way we present Indigenous content within the Museum and how we are approaching reconciliation.

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    Lighting the flame

    By Rhea Yates, Manager, Digital Outreach

    Fifty years ago, 10 young Indigenous athletes ran an 800-kilometre relay from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, carrying the torch that would open the 1967 Pan American Games.

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    A man carrying a torch stands on a ladder to light a flame within a copper cauldron.

    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

    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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    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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