Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

June 17, 2011 16:15 ET

Governor General David Johnston Visits the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Construction Site

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2011) - The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) welcomed Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston to the construction site of the CMHR during their visit to Winnipeg on June 17, 2011.

"It is a great honour for the CMHR that His Excellency David Johnston accepted our invitation to become a patron of the Museum," said Stuart Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. "He endorses the values of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights – he is committed to bilingualism, diversity, and innovation. He will be an excellent partner for the Museum as we strive to empower people to change thought and action on human rights issues."

Mr. Stuart welcomed Their Excellencies at the Museum's construction site where they were provided with an overview of the CMHR's mandate, aspirations, progress and future plans. Immediately following the presentation, Their Excellencies were taken on a guided tour of the construction site.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston is Canada's 28th Governor General since Confederation and serves as Honourary Patron of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He became a patron of the Museum in November, 2010, shortly after he was sworn in as Governor General of Canada in October, 2010. His Excellency is the second governor general to serve as Patron to the CMHR; the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean was also a Patron of the Museum. This is Their Excellencies' first official visit to Manitoba.

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.

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