E-newsletter: August 2016

Dear Friends,


Message from the CEO


Trying new things is always exciting. Though we can never be certain what waits around the corner, it’s only by taking chances and pushing our boundaries that we discover what we’re fully capable of.

Our donors showed the world amazing things were possible when they came together to make the Museum a reality—and the CMHR staff continue to enrich and expand the content within to inspire, connect, and push the boundaries of what a museum can be.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was the first museum in the world to use 3DPhotoWorks imagery to enable people with vision loss to “see” images in the Sight Unseen exhibition, currently on display in the Museum’s Level 1 Gallery until September 18th. This new technology creates three-dimensional, tactile versions of photographs, providing a powerful experience for sighted and visually impaired visitors alike.

The versatile Level 1 Gallery is home to many of the Museum’s new and exciting feature exhibitions. The climate-controlled, smart technology-equipped space provides the facilities required to host exhibitions that highlight a changing array of human rights themes that expand and complement the stories in the Museum’s existing galleries. Human rights are a living, growing topic, and this temporary exhibition space enables the Museum to explore deeper context, more immersive discovery, and a richer experience with every story it tells.

Your support helps the Museum to be a trailblazer and to try things not done before. By donating today you help maintain and outfit the Level 1 Gallery so the Museum can continue to enrich and expand its human rights content, and so we all can have the opportunity to enjoy a visitor experience unlike any other in the world.

Thank you,

Diane Boyle,

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Your Gift in Action

Photo: CMHR / Jessica Sigurdson
Photo: CMHR / Jessica Sigurdson

Last month “Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities” opened at CMHR. Thanks in part to donors like you, the Museum was able to expand this exhibition, originally developed by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The CMHR sent staff to Guatemala to meet first-hand with members of multiple co-ops and learn about their personal stories. They filmed immersive virtual reality videos to help visitors experience these artisans’ world and to help spread the message of the human rights work these artisans have—and will continue to—achieve.

Empowerment can lead to powerful community change. Grassroots cooperatives help women all over the world to reach new markets, raise living standards, and transform lives. By taking ownership and management of these collaborative businesses these women are finding strength, a brighter future, and working to secure human rights.

In India, members of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) are involved in every phase of the cooperative’s business, including financing, management, training, pricing and quality control. By taking ownership of their collective livelihood, these women are building a legacy of respect for their daughters.

In South Africa members of the Mapula Embroidery Project create quilts that raise awareness about many human rights issues confronting their communities, such as local crime, unemployment, substance abuse and the stigma of living with AIDS. Profits from the quilts are funnelled back into the community to help those in need.

Each of the 11 featured cooperatives has its own story of triumphs and successes. Your support helps the Museum offer and develop exhibitions like ‘Empowering Women’ that provide visitors with a chance to reflect on human rights today. By sharing these stories, Museum visitors gain a better appreciation of human rights around the world, and celebrate the progress we can all achieve, together.

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Did You Know…

Viola_DesmondViola Desmond was jailed for refusing to leave a “whites only” section of a Nova Scotia theatre nine years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus?

In 1946, hair salon owner Viola Desmond went to a movie. Unaware that the theatre was segregated, the Black Nova Scotian chose a main-floor seat. When she refused to move to the balcony for “coloured” patrons, authorities jailed her.

Learn the rest of Viola’s story in the ‘One Woman’s Resistance’ alcove of the Canadian Journeys gallery.

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Donors Making a Difference

The Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) is the regulatory body for optometry in Manitoba. Its focus is on promoting eye health and eye examinations throughout the province.

MAO provided generous support to the Sight Unseen exhibit currently on display in the Level 1 Gallery of the Museum, which explores the work of legally blind photographers from around the world. The association held their annual dinner at the Museum this summer, where members were invited to explore the exhibition.

MAO was founded over 100 years ago, one of the first optometric regulatory bodies in Canada. Today, it envisions a bright future continuing to promote and protect eye health for all Manitobans.

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Look who’s been visiting!

visit Donors Mark Samuel and Kevin Sanford with Vince and Tammy Buckley in ‘Actions Count’

IMG_6453Donor Valerie Thompson with Lisa Hill at ‘Empowering Women’

CUPE Photo_May 2016

CUPE regional representatives Gloria Lepine, Lori Mackay, Judy Henley and Victor Elkins (left to right) on the Union Solidarity terrace.

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Calgary Winnipeg Club Charity Golf FUN-raiser

DSC_7718Don Jakul, President Calgary WPG Golf Club & Earl Barish, President Salisbury House

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The Calgary Winnipeg Club’s 8th annual charity golf tournament was a huge success, selling out once again in June.  The tournament has raised over $330,000 to date for charitable causes in Winnipeg, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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