Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

December 19, 2008 19:29 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Museum for Human Rights

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2008) -

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To mark the historic start of the construction of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen J. Harper, Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore, Premier of Manitoba Gary Doer, Deputy Mayor of the City of Winnipeg Justin Swandel, Gail Asper, members of the Museum's Board of Trustees and invited guests were all on hand for a ground-breaking ceremony.

"We are thrilled to begin construction of a Museum that will house challenging and inspiring content," said Patrick O'Reilly, Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. "We are committed to creating a facility of which Canadians can be proud and that will become a national and international destination."

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) was established as a federal Crown corporation on August 10, 2008 by the Government of Canada. CMHR is Canada's fifth national museum, the first established since 1967, and the first national museum to be built outside of the National Capital Region. The Museum will explore the subject of human rights to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue. Construction of the Museum is anticipated to be completed in 2012.

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