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New exhibit about 2SLGBTQI+ history opens


Few people know the tragic truth of Canada’s LGBT Purge. But a new exhibit in the Canadian Journeys gallery at the Museum is changing that. “Dismantling Canada’s LGBT Purge” reveals how the Canadian government systematically identified and expelled LGBT members of the military, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the federal civil service. This Purge … Continue reading New exhibit about 2SLGBTQI+ history opens

Nine ways students are taking a stand for human rights


No one is too young to make a difference. Thanks to your support, these young upstanders are proving exactly that. Through the Be an Upstander program, these students learned how to recognize injustice, know their strengths, and use those strengths to create change. They also created projects that bring awareness to the issues they are … Continue reading Nine ways students are taking a stand for human rights

Empowering students to take action for human rights


Many students across Canada see injustice in their schools, their communities and the world around them. But they don’t always know what to do. That’s changing, thanks to your support of an innovative program called “Be an Upstander.” The need for a program like this became apparent several years ago. Teacher Graham Lowes was helping … Continue reading Empowering students to take action for human rights

Students learn from Canadian musician and upstander Sarah Harmer


At the Museum, students learn about numerous upstanders—people who use their strengths to take a stand for what they care about and make a difference. And recently, 200 students had the opportunity to learn from one such upstander in person. On April 5, Canadian singer, songwriter and activist Sarah Harmer visited the Museum to inspire … Continue reading Students learn from Canadian musician and upstander Sarah Harmer

Field trips open the door to knowledge and compassion


Your support means students are getting the knowledge and skills they need through educational programming about human rights. When it came time to teach her students about human rights, high school teacher Natalie didn’t know where to start. Her students, like many others across Canada, had different experiences with justice, equality and rights. Some had … Continue reading Field trips open the door to knowledge and compassion

1 million Canadians and counting reached with innovative resource sharing truths of the residential school system


Every object woven into the Witness Blanket tells a story. A broken angel figurine. A weathered child’s shoe. A yellow plastic “mush hole” bowl. Each of these three objects were meticulously reclaimed from the sites of former residential schools. All three, and hundreds more, are reminders of stories that should not be forgotten. And thanks … Continue reading 1 million Canadians and counting reached with innovative resource sharing truths of the residential school system

New Educator in Residence to focus on 2SLGBTQI+ programs


The Museum is excited to welcome Walter Cassidy to the Museum as our Educator in Residence. Over the next two years, Walter will be developing programs to highlight people in communities across Canada who fought for 2SLGBTQI+ rights. He will also help develop education programs to share stories from the LGBT Purge, which is the … Continue reading New Educator in Residence to focus on 2SLGBTQI+ programs