Human Rights Museum

After intensive days of learning about issues like pastoral identity, counseling, chronic pain, and professional boundaries, what do some CCS students do on their day off from the learning circle? They go to the newly opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights, of course!

CCS students visiting the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg
CCS students visiting the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg

The museum opened one month ago and is an architectural marvel, as well as attempting to be an international centre for human rights education.  Looking up at the bright, open foyer, student Ian McLean wondered whether snow would fall on winter visitors as they went up the walkway toward the exhibits.  (Ted reassured him that it was all glassed in from above.)

The museum includes galleries that examine human rights abuses and genocide, indigenous perspectives on human rights, human rights in a Canadian context, inspiring stories of people who have made a difference and taken a stand for human rights, as well as interactive displays designed to help the viewer reflect on their place in the human rights story.

Charmain Bailey Splawnyk found the museum visit intense and hopeful.  She was particularly moved by seeing a ballot box from South Africa’s historic election after the end of apartheid.

CCS’s Ted Dodd is also a volunteer at the museum, welcoming visitors and helping them engage with the hope and the challenge of human rights in the world.