Don't let our human rights history be forgotten

People with disabilities have made a tremendous contribution to the development of human rights in Canada. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) wants to hear Canadians’ human rights stories: both the victories and the challenges that have been faced.

People with disabilities are largely absent in the programming of most of Canada’s museums. As a result Canadians do not know about the contributions of people with disabilities to art, politics, and other aspects of Canadian life. By attending the CMHR’s consultations, you can play a part in ensuring the disability community’s human rights history is not forgotten.

Some chapters from our human rights history that could be shared with the CMHR:

• The Charter of Rights and Freedoms (i.e. the inclusion of disability in Section 15)
• Sterilization Act Alberta (repealed 1972)
• The introduction of Thalidomide to Canada, the forgotten victims and their families and the current use of Thalidomide
• VIA Rail case
• Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
• Constitutional debates-- Charlottetown accord and exclusion of people with disabilities
• Graveyards, where there are no markers for the graves of people with disabilities—examples are graveyard at Manitoba Developmental Centre, Woodlands in BC.
• Disability and Holocaust/T-4 Program
• Sheltered workshops

As people with disabilities, we all have valuable information that the Canadian Museum for Human Rights needs to have. CCD encourages everyone to make participation in these upcoming consultations a priority.