Canadian Museum for Human Rights aims to inspire introspection and change

A revolutionary new museum is opening in Canada. The first of its kind in North America, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, focuses on examining past violations of human rights in order to learn, change, and move forward. The museum pushes visitors to question what exactly human rights are, and how to ensure they are respected and protected on a global and individual level. This interactively introspective element of the Canadian Museum differentiates it from other museums focused on raising awareness of human rights violations, such as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Deliberately broad, the Canadian Museum consists of ten permanent galleries, with titles such as Indigenous Perspectives and Turning Points for Humanity, and an eleventh “changeable gallery” called Expressions. As you may be wondering, disability rights activism is included in the museum’s largest gallery, Canadian Journeys. Also included in this gallery, according to the Edmonton Journal, are movements and issues such as women’s rights, the Underground Railroad, language rights, and Japanese internment. The museum has faced controversies over cost, construction delays, and adequate representation for different issues, yet according to the museum’s CEO in a conversation with Global News, the “building is about starting dialogue and starting conversations,” and will be subject to change in the future. The museum officially opened this September and all galleries should soon be open to the public. The National Post has put together a video interview with several representatives from the museum, which I would recommend watching, available in their original article. Below is a video released by the museum itself.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.