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Author Name: Michel Comte
Canadas new human rights museum shares oral histories
Dedicated to the 60-year-old notion of human rights, a singular but intricate ideal, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba will open its doors on November 11. "Most rights museums commemorate specific events," she added. "Our focus is on human rights as an aspirational idea, using the stories of defenders, victims and others to illustrate it." Built of polished concrete, basalt rock, limestone and alabaster wrapped in a wall of glass that "Weaves light through darkness," it seeks to frame how an expected 250,000 visitors each year will think about human rights by "Offering multiple perspectives from different angles, which is also important in exploring human rights," Fitz explained. The site in downtown Winnipeg was chosen for the city's legacy at the crossroads for labor rights, suffrage, minority language rights and indigenous people's land rights in Canada. On the latter, Angela Cassie, who has been with the museum since its inception, noted that the case law shows "How one's rights might infringe on another's." "There are so many definitions of human rights," said museum research manager Jodi Giesbrecht. "Some things we now take for granted were not always considered human rights."

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