Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

May 17, 2011 14:17 ET

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Roundtable With the Right Hounarable Michaelle Jean and Manitoba Youth on Taking Action for Human Rights

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General and Co-President of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation collaborated in Winnipeg today to bring together local youth in a discussion about how to take action for human rights.

This roundtable discussion focused on providing a forum for local students to talk about their perspectives of local, national, and international human rights issues and the actions they have taken at home or abroad. It was also an opportunity for them to share information about the actions they plan to take in the future. Approximately forty students from schools in Winnipeg and outside of the city limits participated in the roundtable discussion.

"The Canadian Museum for Human Rights strives to become a rallying force for change. We know that Winnipeg, Manitoba is host to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in part because of its rich human rights history," said Stuart Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. "Hearing from these students and Ms. Jean, one of Canada's most prominent human rights champions, will inspire a new generation of human rights leaders, who will contribute to a strong human rights future."

"Young people have a key role to play in shaping the futures of our communities, our societies and the entire world," said the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean. "Offering this kind of opportunity for young people to serve as catalysts for change enables all members of our society to reach their highest potential."

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights share a commitment to engaging youth on human rights issues and empowering them to take action for human rights in their communities and beyond. The CMHR aims to engage young people and other visitors in a dialogue about human rights, inspiring and empowering them to take action.

This roundtable session marks the beginning of ongoing discussion between youth and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights that will continue until opening in 2013 and beyond.

About the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), currently under construction in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 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. Opening in 2013, the CMHR is the first national museum established in over 40 years, and the first national museum to be located outside the National Capital Region. For more information about the CMHR please visit http://humanrightsmuseum.ca/ or follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cmhr_news and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/canadianmuseumforhumanrights.

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