Call for photos: First Nations, Metis, and Inuit People’s Experiences with the Child Welfare System

Submission start date: May 07, 2013
Submission end date: May 24, 2013


Image Research – Frequently Asked Questions
Aboriginal People’s Experiences with the Child Welfare System
Call for Photos and the Use of Images at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

What is this research initiative about?

  • Stories that speak to the positive and negative human rights experiences of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples will be featured throughout the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. 
  • To support this, the Museum is currently undertaking research on the experiences of First Nations, Metis and Inuit children and their families who have been involved with the Child Welfare System in Canada.  We are seeking photos and stories that will help to explore the history and legacy of the system – Including key episodes like the “60’s scoop” – as well as present day stories.  The Museum is working to find ways tell this story from the perspective of people who experienced the system first-hand and are willing to share their images and/or stories. 

How will the images be used?
All copies of the pictures submitted to the Museum will be kept on file for research purpose. Some, but not all, photos submitted may be selected for use in a museum exhibit or digital presentation. Some photos may be presented through a digital screen or may be used in web content. 

How will images be selected?
This selection will be made based on exhibit design considerations (for example, size of image, clarity of image).  Anyone who has submitted an image will be consulted about how and where we wish to use their image. 

Who owns the photo?
The person who owns the photo will hold copyright to the photo.  By submitting a photograph to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, it is understood that you are the owner of the photo and have the authority to provide it to the Museum. The original owner will continue to hold the copyright after it has been shared with the Museum. The photograph remains your property and is protected by Canadian Copyright Law.  The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will not exhibit your photograph(s) in any way without your signed permission.

What happens if there are other people in the photo, besides the owner or person submitting the photo?
If a person is recognizable in the photograph, the CMHR needs to have their signed permission in order to show their image. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights can only exhibit photographs if we know the names and, if possible, have the contact information of each person in the photo.  If a person is currently under 16 years of age, the Museum needs to have signed permission from that person’s parent(s) or guardian(s). If appropriate, the CMHR may alter or crop a photo so that only those who have given their permission appear in the photo in the exhibit.

How can I submit my photos?
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is able to accept photographs as digital copies, scanned copies or physical photographs.  All original print images will be copied and returned to the owner. Only Museum employees involved in this research will have access to the photographs. All images will be treated with care and respect and copies will be kept on file at the Museum. The owner of an image may ask for the copy of their photo to be returned to them and removed from the Museum’s system at any time.

You can also mail your pictures to the following address:
Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Call for photos – child welfare)
400-269 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 1B3