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Workers’ Rights Focus of New Exhibit at Human Rights Museum

Workers’ Rights Focus of New Exhibit at Human Rights Museum

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Elliot Lake uranium miners, 1973. (DOUG GRIFFIN / TORONTO STAR)

WINNIPEG — The labour-rights struggles of Canadian workers are front and centre in a new exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Rights on the Job opened Friday and uses a miner’s helmet, a nurse’s uniform, and a railway conductor’s cap to help tell the story of three important struggles that led to positive changes for Canadian workers.

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Manitoba Youth Called to Submit Art for Upcoming Human Rights Exhibit

Manitoba Youth Called to Submit Art for Upcoming Human Rights Exhibit

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A night view of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights is shown in Winnipeg on September 16, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has put the call out for youth to submit art projects as part of an upcoming exhibition for Manitoba 150.

The exhibit, ARTiculate Our Rights, will depict “a youthful vision of human rights today and into the future, with interpretation left open to their artistic expression,” the museum says.

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Canadian Human Rights Museum Could Include Quebec’s Secularism Legislation

Canadian Human Rights Museum Could Include Quebec’s Secularism Legislation

By Caroline Plante, The Canadian Press

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A night view of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights is shown in Winnipeg on September 16, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

QUEBEC — The Quebec government’s latest attempt to legislate on secularism could find its way into the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

The Legault government’s Bill 21 would prohibit public servants in positions of authority — including teachers, police officers, Crown prosecutors and prison guards — from wearing religious symbols on the job.

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Canada’s Viola Desmond $10 Bill Named International Banknote of the Year

Canada’s Viola Desmond $10 Bill Named International Banknote of the Year

By The Canadian Press

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Wanda Robson, sister of Viola Desmond, holds the new $10 banknote featuring Desmond during a press conference in Halifax on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Desmond is the first Canadian woman to be featured on a regularly circulating banknote. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

HALIFAX — Canada’s new $10 bill featuring Nova Scotia human rights icon Viola Desmond has been named banknote of the year.

The bill, which also features a map of Halifax’s historic north end as well as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, was honoured in a vote by the International Bank Note Society.

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Artwork Honouring Residential School Survivors Vested with Legal Rights

Artwork Honouring Residential School Survivors Vested with Legal Rights

By The Canadian Press

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Visitors to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg can view a new exhibit called The Witness Blanket Monday, December 14, 2015. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and First Nations artist Carey Newman are signing an agreement regarding the protection and use of “The Witness Blanket.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — An art installation honouring survivors of residential schools is being recognized as a “living entity” in an agreement combining Indigenous teachings and Western law.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and First Nations artist Carey Newman are signing an agreement Friday to be joint stewards of the “The Witness Blanket,” which is comprised of more than 800 items collected from the sites and survivors of residential schools.

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Manitoba Indigenous Leader Not Eating, Drinking for 27 Hours

Manitoba Indigenous Leader Not Eating, Drinking for 27 Hours

Derek Nepinak
Derek Nepinak, former grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, prepares for a 27-hour fast inside a replica of Nelson Mandela’s jail cell inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. (KEITH FRASER / CMHR)

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba Indigenous leader is going 27 hours without food or drink while sitting behind bars in a makeshift cell inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Derek Nepinak began his ceremonial fast on Monday at 10 a.m. as a personal journey to reflect on the parallels between the apartheid system in South Africa and the experience of Indigenous people in Canada.

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‘The Queen is in Good Company:’ New $10 Bill with Civil Rights Advocate Launched

‘The Queen is in Good Company:’ New $10 Bill with Civil Rights Advocate Launched

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Wanda Robson
Clutching some $10 banknotes Wanda Robson, Viola Desmond’s sister, the first Canadian woman on a banknote, shows her sister’s portrait on Canada’s new $10 banknote at the Canadian Museum For Human Rights in Winnipeg, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Robson, officially launched the unique, vertically oriented purple bill. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Canada’s new $10 bill officially went into circulation Monday, breaking new ground in more ways than one.

The banknote is the first vertically oriented bill in Canada and the first regularly circulating banknote to feature a Canadian woman, civil rights advocate Viola Desmond, on the front.

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New $10 Bill Featuring Civil Rights Pioneer Viola Desmond, CMHR Goes into Circulation

New $10 Bill Featuring Civil Rights Pioneer Viola Desmond, CMHR Goes into Circulation

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The front of Canada’s newest $10 banknote features late civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Canada’s newest $10 banknote officially went into circulation Monday, featuring late Nova Scotia civil rights pioneer and businesswoman Viola Desmond.

During a ceremony at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is prominently featured on the reverse side of the bill, Desmond’s sister, Wanda Robson, was joined by Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and CMHR president and CEO John Young to make the first purchase with the banknote.

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CMHR Turning Tower Red for Remembrance Day

CMHR Turning Tower Red for Remembrance Day

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will glow red this weekend in honour of Remembrance Day. (AARON COHEN PHOTO)

WINNIPEG — The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will turn its tower poppy red this weekend in honour of Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War.

CMHR will also waive admission to veterans and active serving members of the Canadian armed forces and their families on November 9-11. The offer extends to a total of two adults and four youths.

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