Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

September 22, 2010 18:27 ET

The Content Advisory Committee to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Releases Its Final Reports

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2010) - The Content Advisory Committee (CAC) to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has released its final written and video reports to the Museum.

The reports are a reflection from the members of the CAC on the stories that they heard in the course of their conversations with Canadians. The written report discusses the perspectives of the CAC on the statutory mandate of the CMHR and makes recommendations on a variety of points for consideration in the development of this unique museum. The video report was developed to reflect some of what was heard and seen across the country, in the words of the participants themselves. 

From May 2009 to February 2010, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), supported by the CAC and LORD Cultural Resources, held content and story-gathering sessions across Canada, in each province and territory, to provide Canadians with the opportunity to help write the story of the Museum. Stories and perspectives that could be incorporated into the exhibits, programs and archives of the CMHR were identified, and feedback was received on how the CMHR could establish an ongoing dialogue with Canadians on a variety of human rights issues.

"This unprecedented process could not have been achieved without the support of the CAC, LORD Cultural Resources, and the thousands of Canadians that took part in this initiative," said Stuart Murray, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. "I look forward to continuing the conversation with Canadians in the months and years to come."

"This is the culmination of a year's worth of hard work and incredible experiences," said Yude Henteleff, Chair of the CAC. "I would like to thank all of the members for their dedication and contribution to the process and the final reports, as well as those generous Canadians that took the time to share their stories, experiences, and ideas with us."

Established in January 2009, the CAC was made up of human rights scholars, specialists, leaders and acknowledged experts in their respective fields. Members of the CAC include: Chair of the Committee Yude Henteleff, Vice-chair of the Committee Constance Backhouse, Natasha Bakht, Jaime Battiste, Laurie Beachell, Jennifer Breakspear, Mary Eberts, Derek Evans, Sylvia Hamilton, Julie Latour, Diana Majury, Guy Marchand, David Matas, Patricia Monture, Barbara Myers, Ken Norman and Steve Prystupa. 

More information about the Museum is available at: http://humanrightsmuseum.ca/.

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. With building construction scheduled to be complete in 2012 and a grand opening planned for Spring 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.

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