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Draw inspiration from the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Multimedia technology, galleries of images and oral histories will bring stories of struggle and hope to life in Winnipeg, MB.

13 August 2014

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How do you tell the story of struggle and change? Or the story of courage in the face of injustice? Just enter the doors of Canada’s newest national museum, opening Sept. 20 in Winnipeg, MB.  

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights(CMHR) celebrates humanity and hope in the face of struggle and oppression. It’s the only museum in the world that’s dedicated solely to helping people understand, celebrate and promote human rights.

Rather than just looking at artifacts that are kept behind glass, visitors will go on a multisensory journey. Entering the museum through folding glass wings, you’ll explore the global roots of rights and experience the blood, sweat and tears of change. 

Stunning multimedia technology, images and a vast digital collection of oral histories will bring these stories to life. Check out the dramatic Indigenous Perspectives gallery, exploring Aboriginal concepts of humanity through a 360-degree film in a dedicated theatre.

An unblinking view of secrecy and denial is explored in the Breaking the Silence gallery, examining five genocides: the Holocaust, the Ukrainian Holodomor, the Armenian genocide, the Rwandan genocide and the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia.

French-language rights and the Chinese head tax are just two areas covered in the Canadian Journeys gallery, where you can watch remarkable stories unfold across a 30-m (96-ft) screen. The Examining the Holocaust gallery investigates the fragile nature of human rights and spans Canada’s own experiences with anti-Semitism.

As the museum frames contemporary human-rights struggles around the globe, you’ll see the world through the lens of a photojournalist, a jailed Vietnamese blogger, a GLBTQ community agitator and human rights leaders such as anti-apartheid revolutionary and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

If the journey sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. Theidea is to take it all in, then be inspired to action: sign a petition, join a group, raise your voice and make a difference. You can envision how human rights mightexpress an ideal of the world we wish to create for future generations in theActions Count gallery.

The building itself is a monument to hope, designed by internationally renowned architect Antoine Predock. It’s fitting that the museum is located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, close to The Forks, a traditional Aboriginal meeting ground where the Red and Assiniboine rivers cross, and a buzzing public space.

From rebel survivors to senior Aboriginal leaders, everyone has a story to tell. Here’s the chance to add your voice to the chorus of hope. You can keep up with museum news on a variety of social networks: Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Google+.

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