Level 1 Gallery
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ (the Museum’s) newest space, the Level 1 Gallery, is built to showcase temporary and travelling exhibits. The climate-controlled, smart technology-equipped space allows the Museum to house rare or precious artifacts and mixed-media exhibitions. With this gallery the Museum is able to host some of the most sought-after human rights related exhibits and reach new audiences on an ongoing basis.
In order to take advantage of a rare opportunity to bring the Magna Carta exhibit to Winnipeg and avoid any potential construction cost increases in the future, the Museum made the decision to move forward in developing the Level 1 Gallery shortly after the 2014 opening.
Several exhibitions have been presented in the gallery; 1867: Rebellion and Confederation, an exploration of society in transition, is currently being showcased. It is the Museum’s first artifact rich exhibition, which includes Sir John A. Macdonald’s pocket watch, and diary of Lady Agnes Macdonald. The exhibit runs until mid-June, followed by Points of View: A national human rights photography exhibition, opening June 22, 2017.
In February of 2016 there were over 155 broadcast hits and 127 print/online hits featuring the Level 1 Gallery, making it the single most widely covered Canadian Museum for Human Rights story since opening weekend.
Although the Level 1 Gallery is open and running, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Friends) is focused on garnering support for the outfitting, operating and maintenance of this key museum element. We hope that you will help the Museum enrich and expand its powerful and often life-changing experiences by making a major capital contribution towards support of the Level 1 Gallery.
In its short lifetime the Museum has already collaborated with an exciting range of corporate partners and individuals to bring engaging exhibitions to local, national and international audiences and inspire human rights dialogue and action.
Sponsoring an exhibit offers companies a multi-platform marketing opportunity to reach a diverse audience of visitors from at home and around the globe, receiving recognition in one of the newest and most talked-about museums in Canada and the world. The following exhibits are scheduled for exhibition in the Museum.
Our Canada, My Story (March 1, 2017 -Expressions Gallery, Level 6)
The Museum developed Our Canada, My Story to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. This exhibition provides a glimpse into some of the current perspectives and lived human rights experiences of Canadians across the country. Through a series of intimate and engaging films, seven personal stories are presented to encourage reflection and dialogue about human rights in Canada today.
Choosing the stories
Our curators invited people living in different regions of Canada and facing diverse issues to share their stories. These stories connect to multiple human rights topics related to equality and inclusion, namely:
- the rights of persons with disabilities,
- the rights of people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities,
- Indigenous rights and reconciliation,
- freedom of expression,
- right to health and food security,
- rights of refugees and resettlement, and
- the impacts of historical human rights violations.
Together, these stories present a picture of the challenges some Canadians face on a daily basis and how they are overcoming these challenges to fully enjoy their human rights. By presenting these stories, the Museum hopes to encourage Canadians to forge a connection with people who might be facing unique or different challenges from their own and to learn about the inspiring ways they respond to these obstacles.
Discovering common threads
Through this project, our team came to understand that in addition to each person’s unique circumstances, there were common threads to which many Canadians can relate: finding community and a place to call home, the importance of family, the desire to feel and be treated equally and with dignity, to be fully included in society and appreciated for who you are, to speak out to address issues and injustices, and to give back. It also became clear that when facing challenges or barriers to the full realization of human rights, there are infinite ways to respond. For example, listening to others, writing a song, joining a group of like-minded people, finding support within your community, challenging laws or perceptions, starting a movement, or by raising your children to respect and treat people equally.
Celebrating what connects us
The Museum is truly grateful for the welcome that our team received. All of the people featured in the exhibition were incredibly generous with their time, welcoming our team into homes, families, workplaces and communities to share their personal stories. Although many of the people featured in the films face complex issues, they all articulate their concerns and perspectives in very relatable ways. Throughout this process, the team discovered that there is so much more that connects us as Canadians than separates us. The team was also very fortunate to have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking diversity of landscapes found across the country. For that reason, the stunning environmental scenes have been integrated into the films and exhibition design.
As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017, capturing human rights stories from across the country is a powerful way to acknowledge the ongoing, tireless work of Canadians to ensure their rights and the rights of others continue to be fully realized and protected.
Points of View: a national photography exhibition (June 22, 2017 -Level 1 Gallery)
- Hundreds of amazing and inspiring photographs from all across Canada, portraying human rights themes in four different thematic categories were submitted to the Museum to be featured in this exhibition.
In January, 2017 a jury of human rights advocates and experts, artists and photojournalists will be reviewing each submission. Some of the images will be selected for inclusion in Points of View, a national human rights photography exhibition developed for Canada’s 150th.
Points of View opens in summer 2017 in the Museum’s Level 1 Gallery. All the photographs selected for the exhibition will also be posted online.
Friends works regularly with the Museum to determine which projects would most benefit from donor support. Our Regional Campaign Managers can provide more information about other key areas that need your support, including:
- Free Wednesday Evenings
- Community Access Program
- Educational programming
- Public programming