Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Spirit Panels

The Spirit Panel Project engages Canadian indigenous youth with human rights issues important to them. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, in partnership with the National Association of Friendship Centres, held full-day workshops with youth from First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit communities in every province across Canada. The youths came together with elders and artists to explore what human rights and responsibilities mean to them, working together to create a painted wooden panel that represents their unique perspective on human rights.

The panels themselves are installed in the museum as part of the Indigenous Perspectives Gallery, which encircles a 360-degree theatre. As a support to this ongoing collaboration and an opportunity to allow participants to continue to have access to their artwork outside of Winnipeg, Upswell worked with the program team to realize an accessible microsite that chronicles each artmaking event, the youth and artists involved, and the artwork panels they created. A simple magnifying tool lets site visitors explore the details of each artwork. The museum staff will continue to add artwork stories, including photos and videos, to the site via the content management system.

Messages of hope, community, and the significance of cultural heritage in an online collection of Indigenous Youth art panels.


  • Winnipeg, CA


  • 2017