Matthew McRae

March 19, 2018

On March 21, 1960, police officers in a black township in South Africa opened fire on a group of people peacefully protesting oppressive pass laws, killing 69. The anniversary of the Sharpeville... Read more

November 8, 2017

On December 8, 1941, the Japanese army launched an attack on the then-British colony of Hong Kong, located in Southern China. The attack was one of the opening salvos of the Second World War in... Read more

October 25, 2017

It took Gogo Gladys Tyophol many years to come to terms with the death of her only son. He died of HIV in May 2005, and his wife passed away only a few months after that. Tyophol, who lives in... Read more

September 18, 2017

Work on the community garden begins. (Photo: John Kozlowski/CMHR)


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... Read more

May 30, 2017

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. It was only when Dr. Yu was much older... Read more

May 18, 2017

Before the outbreak of the Second World War, Lena Hayakawa lived what she describes as a very idyllic life. Hayakawa was born in British Columbia and until she was 11, she lived on her father’s... Read more

April 28, 2017

When Nimrat Randhawa and her family immigrated to Canada in the summer of 2003, they arrived completely in the dark – literally. As Randhawa’s plane was landing at Pearson International Airport,... Read more

March 3, 2017

This is the third blog in a series about the stories and artifacts that are found in the Museum’s new travelling exhibition – 1867: Rebellion & Confederation. 1867 explores the 30... Read more