Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Researcher / Curator – Indigenous Content

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), currently under construction in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is one of Canada’s newest national museum and the first to be built outside of the National Capital Region.  An “idea museum” with a strong focus on empowering people to change thought and action to create a world in which everyone is respected and valued, is seeking talented individuals who share their passion and commitment to join their team. Help build a world class museum that will enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, promote respect for others and encourage reflection and dialogue.


Reporting to the Director, Research and Curation, the incumbent acts as the Museum’s chief source of knowledge on Indigenous content. An experienced scholar and museum professional, she/he plays a fundamental and pivotal role within and beyond the museum, informing and influencing a wide variety of audiences. She/he initiates, plans and undertakes major research projects involving primary research, including oral history research, and secondary research; and communicates the results of this research to a broad array of audiences through various media, including scholarly and popular publications. She/he curates and contributes to the development of additional exhibitions as required; plays a major role in the development of archival, photographic and material history collections; provides support to public and school programs; and performs related other duties as reasonably assigned.

1.  Curates and contributes to exhibits

  • Proposes and curates exhibitions on human rights issues from a variety of disciplines on topics of interest to the CMHR (in–house, web-based, and/or in cooperation with other cultural institutions or human rights organizations);
  • Determines the scope and parameters of the information required for content development of exhibits (in-house, external, and virtual)
  • In keeping with best practices in ethical human rights research, consults with individuals and communities whose stories will be shared in exhibit products
  • Works with other internal departments to develop exhibition plans, budgets and schedules

2.  Contributes to the building of the CMHR’s international reputation by planning and conducting in-depth research and communicating results to appropriate audiences:

  • Plans and conducts in-depth research on human rights issues using various methods and sources;
  • Critically analyzes and synthesizes research findings for scholarly and popular  publications in print format or in a variety of other media;
  • Responsible for ensuring a high degree of scholarly rigor and integrity;
  • Presents research results at professional meetings, conferences and other gatherings of groups with special interest in the subject.

3.  Contributes to the development of Museum collections

  • Undertakes research and fieldwork to develop CMHR collections relating to human rights issues and the lived experience of human rights;
  • Plans and conducts oral history interviews and practices other methods of researching and documenting lived experiences;
  • Engages in the acquisition of artefacts, photographs and archival material related to their area of expertise in accordance with established procedures including documentation, and presentation of acquisitions proposals to the appropriate  CMHR committee(s);
  • Negotiates/liaises as required regarding collections acquisitions with donors or vendors;
  • Provides advice as appropriate on proposed acquisitions;
  • Undertakes research as appropriate to further document and increase knowledge of  existing CMHR and other collections related to the field of human rights=

 4.  Informs and influences a wide variety of audiences about human rights issues

  • Represents the Museum in a variety of contexts (popular and scholarly)
  • Provides expert advice to the CMHR executive and other CMHR departments on the subject of human rights, including risk assessment and issues management
  • Determines the scope and parameters of the information required for content development of programming
  • Engages in human rights outreach activities

5.  Provides professional leadership in the field of human rights

  • Builds and maintains research partnerships
  • Maintains contacts and leadership in professional and scholarly associations;
  • Provides services to the academic and museum professions through activities including providing peer reviews for scholarly publications, promotions or grant applications, participation on thesis or dissertation committees, graduate student supervision, teaching  university courses, etc.

6.  Performs other related duties

  • Undertakes special projects as reasonable and requested;
  • Provides general supervision for students, contractors, volunteers, and fellows engaged in professional activities at the CMHR.
  • Prepares grant applications to support curatorial activities as appropriate

Education, Knowledge & Experience

Skills and Knowledge – Required

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in their area of expertise, or equivalent experience in fields relevant to human rights and Indigenous rights
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of human rights issues, Indigenous history, and Indigenous concepts of rights and responsibilities
  • Knowledge of scholarly research methodologies, Indigenous research methodologies, and critical perspectives in a variety of related disciplines
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in conducting in-depth research on Indigenous rights-related topics
  • Experience in writing for scholarly publications, and in communicating research findings on human rights topics
  • Experience in curation (including research, exhibitions, and collections development), preferably in a museum setting
  • Ability to present information from multiple sources through popular writing, lectures and exhibitions suitable to a broad public audience
  • Ability to engage in dialogue with people of varying viewpoints and to exercise tact and diplomacy in working on projects of a difficult, specialized or highly sensitive nature

Skills and Knowledge – Desired

  • PhD in a field relevant to Indigenous rights and history
  • The ability to communicate in both official languages, oral and written, and/or in an Aboriginal language is a significant asset
  • Post-secondary education in Museum Studies
  • Experience contributing subject matter expertise, e.g., on committees, panels, or editorial boards; by reviewing papers and grant applications; by teaching at the university level and/or supervising students


  • Integrity and Rigor – focused on producing a high quality and credible outcome
  • Critical thinking and strong analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects or priorities at one time; strong organization skills
  • Extremely high attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office environment, involving the reading of lengthy documents and long periods at a desk and/or computer.
  • Ability to travel


Contact: Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume through the museum’s Career page at The closing date is November 15, 2013.

The CMHR encourages diversity in all aspects of its operations. If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation in order to successfully submit an application, please contact us to make your accommodation request.

All applicants will receive a confirmation of the receipt of their application. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.Website: Category:NoneSecondary Categories:NonePosting Date:11/02/2013Closing Date11/15/2014

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