Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

June 18, 2009 12:22 ET

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Come Help Us Celebrate an "Amazing Feet"!

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - Construction is well underway on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. In celebration of this historic milestone and in recognition of the collective efforts it took to make the dream a reality, the Museum is presenting "Amazing Feet", an event to be held in Winnipeg at The Forks from June 18-21, 2009 (with online participation available for those residing outside Winnipeg area). Winnipeggers and, indeed, all Canadians are invited to join in the celebration by making an imprint of their foot or hand to be preserved in a time capsule that will later be buried on the Museum site.

"This Museum will provide all visitors with an opportunity to leave their mark by taking positive action toward building a more respectful world," said Patrick O' Reilly, Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. "The start of construction offers Canadians from coast to coast a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of history and make a personal commitment today to take personal responsibility for the advancement of human rights both here in Canada and around the world."

"Thousands of Canadians have helped us reach this long awaited start of construction and we are profoundly grateful for their unwavering support. The vision for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was always inclusive, a place for all Canadians and indeed, all citizens of the world to begin a dialogue on human rights," said Gail Asper, Chair of the National Campaign, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. "This event is a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to participate in the celebration of what is, in fact, their Museum and as Anne Frank said "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

The idea of the "footprint" stemmed from the excavation of an 800 year- old footprint at the museum site during an archeological dig in 2008. It's well documented that The Forks has been a meeting place for thousands of years for First Nations, Metis, and immigrants from around the world. This event will continue the tradition.

Amazing Feet will be held in the Forks Market central food court area and will be open to the public during the following times:

Thursday, June 18th, 2009: noon - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, June 19th, 2009: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 20th, 2009: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Winnipeggers are invited to visit The Forks to stamp their footprint or handprint as well as to learn more about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Online participation is also available for those living outside of Winnipeg. Canadians are invited to visit www.humanrightsmuseum.ca to learn more about how to get their footprint or handprint included in the time capsule.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was established to provide a place for Canadians, and the world, to explore and promote the subject of human rights and to encourage human rights action. It is the first national museum established in over 40 years, and it is the first national museum to be located outside the National Capital Region. The building is projected to open in 2012.

For more information, visit www.humanrightsmuseum.ca.

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