Canadian Museum for human Rights


We are very proud to have been a part of the creation of this landmark new museum, the first federal museum in Canada to be built outside the national capital region. The Museum is housed in an extraordinary building designed by Antoine Predock, with exhibits designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA). The CMHR is an ‘ideas museum’ that explores complex issues and as such was a perfect fit for North Shore’s storytelling skills.

North Shore produced forty-five films (in English and French versions) for the Museum, spread over a dozen exhibits, detailing Canada’s own human rights journey. We collaborated closely with RAA, our project partners at Upswell and the client team to develop the user experience for each exhibit. Upswell also handled interactive software development for our exhibits, to create integrated visitor experiences that present our films through a combination of physical and digital interfaces.

Our films covered stories about refugees, racial segregation, martial law and civil liberties, language rights, and the marginal status of migrant workers, amongst many others. Our stories were told through the personal experiences of human rights defenders, activists and ordinary citizens.

“It is rare to work with a media and production company that so carefully considers the subject matter that is being presented and allows the subject matter to so fundamentally guide the design and development processes. North Shore’s storytelling ability, creative and technical efforts were all of critical importance in realizing engaging exhibits for our visitors. In the end, the CMHR is extremely proud of the meaningful installations realized with North Shore Productions and we confidently recommend them.”

— Corey Timpson, Director, Exhibitions and Digital Media, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Project Details: 

  • Number of Canadian provinces and territories we filmed in for this project: nine.

  • Northernmost shoot: Dogsled team in Clyde River, Baffin Island, Nunavut for Land and Lifeways exhibit.

  • Southernmost shoot: Migrant workers Karl Colquhoun and Ana Maria Fabían in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for Uncertain Harvest: Migrant Farmworkers and Human Rights.

  • Number of interviews filmed for this project: 28.

  • Total run time of finished programming (English versions): 184 minutes.

Awards & Festivals:

  • 1st Place, Short Documentary, NAI Media Awards (Childhood Denied)

  • Silver Telly Award (Childhood Denied)