IN THIS ISSUE
- Everyday Objects: Maude’s Story
- Message from the CEO
- Long-time support for Drive FORE the Stars event
- Celebrating Gandhi – Thank You!
- In Remembrance: Dr. Joseph Du
- News and stories from CMHR
- Look who’s visiting…
Maude Couturier has held a plastic bag in her hand more times than she can count, and has
never thought anything of it.
The 14-year-old from Fredericton, New Brunswick recently visited the Museum as part of The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program and said it wasn’t the genocides or large-scale atrocities she was most surprised to learn about.
“It was the little things that were shocking to me,” she said. “It was shocking that something as simple as a plastic bag, that we waste every day, can be so crucial for hygiene.”
Plastic bags are one of the items featured in the Museum’s Rights Today Gallery in an exhibit called Everyday Objects. The exhibit features stories of how objects we use every day are connected to human rights in positive and negative ways.
Maude learned there are many communities worldwide that lack adequate toilets, even though the right to sanitation is a basic human right. People often resort to using plastic bags as “flying toilets” – throwing them away after using them to deposit waste.
“These realities are still realities today, not a hundred years ago,” said Maude. “And kids our age are still living in horrible conditions.”
Still, bags are considered safer than communal toilets or open fields where women, especially, risk sexual assault.
Maude said it’s important for those stories to be highlighted in a place like the Museum so people can learn what is happening, and what people are living through, to find a way to help.
“To me, the museum is really special,” she said. “Because you go from a really dark place and you go up to the tower and it’s more of a hopeful view of the world. We can help change bad things.”
Maude noted that there have been more and more refugees joining her school, and that most people really don’t know what they’ve been through. But if more people could learn about the stories shared at the Museum it could help to start a positive conversation.
“Knowing that some of them have seen terrible things gives us insight on how we can help them live the best lives that they can. It’s important that we make them feel like they can talk about their experience,” she said.
She plans to return to the Museum in the future, and will encourage friends and family to do the same.
“I’m glad that we have it here in Canada. It’s not just about learning it’s also about putting that knowledge to use,” she said.
Your donation will help students, like Maude, learn the incredible stories featured at the Museum and put their knowledge to use. Donate today to inspire the next generation of human rights champions
Summer breathes a new life into the Museum. It’s open seven days a week and welcomesvisitors from across Canada, the United States and around the world.
Our Canada, My Story and Points of View are two exhibitions developed by the Museum specifically to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. One tells the personal stories of seven Canadians who have overcome barriers in human rights, and the other showcases diversity and inclusion; the environment; reconciliation; and freedom of expression through crowd-sourced photos.
You can take pride in knowing that your generous support has helped to lay the foundation for exhibitions like these, and will help the Museum to create more engaging exhibitions and programs in the future.
You can continue to help change the world. This year we’ve launched our Changemakers Circle, and I invite you to join this group of highly-motivated individuals who, through annual giving, help to sustain the Museum’s role as a national and international human rights leader. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you are a donor or a prospective donor, we are also seeking sponsorship for a number of world-class exhibitions and education programs. For a list of current sponsorship opportunities please contact me at email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you, and know that together we can help to build a better tomorrow.
CEO, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Where: Larter’s at St. Andrew’s Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba
(From left to right: Romel Dhalla, Tangit Nagra, Hasmita Trivedi, Anupam Sharma, Diane Boyle, Neera Shah, Sachit Mehra,Ajay Chopra. Not pictured: Markus Chambers)
Dr. Joseph Du, a long-time and passionate supporter of the Museum, died on March 19, 2017. His commitment to family, community and helping others left a tremendous mark on Winnipeg and the Northern Manitoban communities he frequented through his work as a pediatrician.
One of the acts he will be remembered for is commissioning a statue, created by Professor Wang Guanyi of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, honouring the Chinese railroad workers, which will be housed permanently at the Museum.
Dr. Du was one of the key representatives of the Chinese Canadian community consulted by the Museum during the content planning stages. At the time he said he looked forward to sharing the community’s knowledge, experiences, and perspectives for the benefit of all future visitors.
He truly believed in the Museum, and worked with Friends to gather support from the Chinese Canadian Community, resulting in a generous financial contribution to support the Breaking the Silence gallery.