Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 16, 2008 10:00 ET

International Museum Day

Statement By the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - This year, International Museum Day will take place on Sunday, May 18 and celebrate the theme "Museums as Agents of Social Change and Development." This theme could not have been better chosen; two months ago, Parliament adopted legislation to establish the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a national museum under the Museums Act. This new institution will highlight Canada's deep-seated commitment to respect for human rights, the rule of law, freedom, and democracy.

Canada's rich heritage, from our artistic accomplishments to our natural history, is preserved and made accessible to all Canadians in museums from coast to coast to coast. Our museums represent our diversity and highlight different facets of who we are, from our volunteer-run community museums that present local history to our national museums that tell our collective stories. Surveys consistently show that more than 90 percent of Canadians value the vital role that museums play in providing learning opportunities and preserving our past.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, I invite all Canadians to visit one of our many museums over the next year or to become involved in Canada's dynamic museum community. It is up to us to give our museums new life and make them even more relevant so that our values, our memories, and our shared heritage can continue to be passed from one generation to the next.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788