be an upstanderThe Canadian Museum for Human Rights is known with its excellence in working with children and young people.

Be an Upstander School Program is adapted to different age groups and school levels.

Program length: 90 minutes

Students explore the contributions of outstanding Canadian human rights defenders and participate in an interactive game to inspire them to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.


Students learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with particular attention to the role of Canadian John Humphrey in Turning Points for Humanity on Level 4.

They experience exhibits that look at the personal life journeys of Canadian and international human rights defenders, and how they became upstanders for human rights in Rights Today on Level 5.

Students participate in a digital interactive game on how every action counts. Students are presented with scenarios and make choices on issues. In doing this, they explore how they can have a direct role in creating a society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. This activity takes place in Actions Count on Level 4.

Students discuss how human rights affect us all and how each one of us can make a difference in Inspiring Change on Level 7.

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The museum developed the Be an Upstander resource which is a project-based learning unit designed to complement the Be an Upstander school program. This interactive resource is designed for students in middle school and encourages inquiry and action on human rights issues.

Language: English, French