Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 18, 2010 08:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of International Museum Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - Our museums preserve and highlight our arts and culture. They help strengthen the bonds that unite us as Canadians, while improving access to the treasures of our shared heritage. Every year, International Museum Day provides an opportunity for people of all ages to reconnect with that heritage. For museum professionals, it offers a chance to demonstrate creativity and raise awareness among the public of the remarkable work that these institutions accomplish to provide us with diverse and high-quality exhibitions.

Our Government recognizes the importance of our museums. We support them so that future generations can enjoy access to their precious collections. This commitment is reflected not only in the funding we provide for certain projects, but also in our programs that support the activities of Canada's museums while assisting them in renovating or modernizing their facilities.

The International Museum Day theme for 2010, "Museums for social harmony," is especially timely, in light of the creation of two new national museums that will make great strides in fostering solidarity, inclusiveness, and generosity—all values that Canadians espouse. Construction has begun on the Canadian Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg. It will enhance the understanding of human rights, promote respect for others, and encourage reflection and dialogue. Our Government has also committed to introduce legislation to establish Canada's national museum of immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax. This museum will share the stories of immigrants in our country's history.

To celebrate this important day, Canada's national museums, as well as Library and Archives Canada and the National Capital Commission, are launching Canada's Got Treasures! through the Virtual Museum of Canada. This innovative and interactive online space connects Canadians with significant treasures from our national collections. This website invites Canadians and heritage institutions to share photos and videos of their personal treasures—culturally significant objects, artworks, buildings, people, or locations—using popular social media. Once again, Canada's public institutions are taking advantage of today's technologies to engage the young and the young at heart.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to celebrate International Museum Day by discovering Canada's treasures—and sharing their own treasures at www.virtualmuseum.ca/treasures.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca