ERIC Number: EJ1064957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
The CMHR and the Ongoing Crisis of Murdered or Missing Indigenous Women: Do Museums Have a Responsibility to Care?
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v37 n2-3 p147-165 2015
Organizations like the Native Women's Association of Canada have been working tirelessly for well over a decade to draw attention to the scope of the problem of violence against Indigenous women, and by 2010 (the year in which federal funding for their research, education, and policy initiative on violence against Indigenous women and girls was eliminated), the organization had documented 582 cases of missing or murdered women. This article asks "What responsibilities might museums such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) have to care for the 'difficult knowledge' evoked by the violent deaths of Indigenous women, and how could a museum encourage and support a wider public to care for and remain open to experiencing the real difficulty of such knowledge." Author Amber Dean argues here that it is the CMHR's responsibility to explore the subject of human rights in order to enhance the public's understanding of human rights in order to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue, even if the knowledge of history is difficult and violent. Dean goes on to say that as an institution devoted to public learning about human rights, the CMHR does in fact have a responsibility to care for the difficult knowledge of ongoing colonialism.
Descriptors: Museums, Violence, Homicide, Females, Civil Rights, History, Foreign Countries, Organizations (Groups), Indigenous Populations, Canada Natives, Foreign Policy, Federal Legislation, American Indians
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Winnipeg)