Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Tour and Banquet
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4:30pm - Bus departs Holiday Inn for Canadian Museum of Human Rights (advance registration and ticket required for CMHR tour, reception, and dinner.
Guided tours of Canadian Museum for Human Rights
5:00pm - Museum staff will conduct special after-hours tours of the first four galleries of Canada’s newest national museum for Pathways conference participants. Explore moving stories and awesome architecture in the Museum’s first four galleries:
- What are Human Rights?
- Indigenous Perspectives
- Canadian Journeys
- Protecting Rights in Canada
Then move upwards to the Expressions Gallery on Level 6 to see The Witness Blanket; an exhibition about Indian residential schools. Inspired by a woven blanket, this large-scale art installation is made from pieces of history – hundreds of items reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings, and other cultural structures all across Canada.
Artist Carey Newman (Ha-Yalth-Kin-Geme) of Vancouver Island was first inspired to create The Witness Blanket by his father’s experiences at residential school. Carey and his team travelled for more than a year on a journey of over 200,000 kilometres, visited 77 communities and gathered 887 pieces of history to incorporate into this powerful piece.
Banquet at Canadian Museum for Human Rights
In the late 1990s, a group of 26 brave Survivors brought their experiences of abuse to court demanding recognition for the harms they suffered in the Port Alberni Residential School. Their actions opened the door for thousands of other Survivors to bring their cases forward; the lengthy process culminated in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
7:00pm - This dinner will honour these Survivors who bravely took the first steps in the fight for recognition of their abuse. Learn from them and others associated with the case of the long and winding path the country has travelled since these early days. Reconciliation cannot happen without a sincere acknowledgement of past harm. Honouring those that took the first steps in the fight for Truth is a fitting way to move forward in a spirit of reconciliation.