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The Spirit Panel Project

This collaborative project created by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the National Association of Friendship Centres provides a medium of expression for Canadian Indigenous youth as they share their vision of human rights. The museum's primary mission is to explore the subject of human rights, with a particular focus on Canada. As the world's first museum dedicated to the subject, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the perfect home for this set of 13 spirit panels created by Elders in collaboration with artists and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit youth. Through a series of sharing circles, Elders encouraged dialogue with the youth to elicit their thoughts and ideas about human rights. Youths engaged in hands-on activities with artists to explore visual metaphors and creative interpretations, which were used by those artists to create the spirt panels. Each panel entry on the website (accessible under Explore) includes images of the artwork (users can zoom in to see more detail), photos of the individuals involved in creating that panel, and video clips that explore what human rights mean to the participants. Jordan Molaro, an Aboriginal filmmaker, documented the project and created the videos from each community. The website is also available in French.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-11-08
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