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Exhibitions

Climate Justice

June 2022 to June 2024

This new exhibit explores the connections between human rights and climate change.

A crowd of youth hold protest signs and stand behind a large banner that reads “La Terre Mère,” or “mother earth” in English.

Stories

Justice after genocide: Rwandan Canadian community activism

By Jeremy Maron

Explore how members of the Rwandan Canadian community mobilized to pursue justice, within Canada, for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

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A group of people walking down a street with sign that reads “Commémoration du génocide contre les Tutsi du Rwanda. Avril-Juillet 1994. www.pagerwanda.ca”.

Canada, antisemitism and the Holocaust

By Jeremy Maron

Widespread antisemitism in Canada in the 1930s and 1940s kept the nation’s borders closed to Jews trying to escape the Holocaust.

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Black and white photo of three signs on a post, reading “Christians only,” “Jews not allowed” and “Danger.”

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.

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.

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

What led to the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda?

By Jeremy Maron

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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.

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.

Childhood denied

A story about Indian residential schools and their legacy

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A group of boys wearing pyjamas kneels on single beds with heads bowed and hands clasped as if in prayer. A woman stands in the room with her hands clasped in a similar manner.

The story of slavery in Canadian history

By Matthew McRae

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Rusted iron manacles hang on hooks on a plain white wall.

What would you risk to share evidence of injustice?

What does it mean to stand up for human rights? Read the story of a medic who risked his own safety to document the evidence of atrocity.

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“A cauldron of hell”: The story of Canada’s Hong Kong veterans

By Matthew McRae

On December 8, 1941, the Japanese army launched an attack on the then‐British colony of Hong Kong, located in Southern China.

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Three older men in Canadian Legion uniforms sit beside each other. They are all wearing Remembrance Day poppies on their uniforms.

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.

Resource guides

Canada’s Indian residential schools

We invite you to learn more about Canada's Indian residential school system.

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A Museum exhibit showing a black-and-white photo of children sitting in rows at school desks. Two desks, similar to those in the photo sit in the centre of the exhibit. A headline on a text panel reads “Childhood Denied.”

Rohingya

We invite you to explore this guide as a starting point in learning more about the Rohingya people.

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A museum gallery featuring photographs projected onto large screens with seating in the middle of the room.