Silencing of Context: Gareth Henry in Rights Today

By Dallas Cant*

This unauthorized audio-guide attempts to highlight the limitations of the museum’s representation of queer migration and queer activism in narratives of Canadian human rights advocacy. The guide situates a critique in the way particularities of activist Gareth Henry’s story are left out, or silenced to reinforce superficial understandings of queer reality, homophobic/transphobic violence, race, and nation.

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Sources Consulted

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  • Wall text, Rights Today, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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Sound Credits
Voice: Dallas Cant

  • “Ambient Music.” by Julia Dyck.
  • “Wedding-Bells.” Freesound, uploaded by Maurice_J_K, 4 June 2016,
  • “Stereo Field Transport.” Freesound, uploaded Robinhood76, 5 March 2017,

Image Credit
This image, taken by Dallas Cant, is of the Gareth Henry display in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ Rights Today gallery.

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*Imagined, designed, recorded, and edited by Dallas Gillingham. Mastered by Julia Dyck.