Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

December 06, 2011 18:15 ET

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights Held Its First Annual Public Meeting Today

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2011) - The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) held its first Annual Public Meeting today at 3:00 p.m. CST in the auditorium at the Manitoba Museum, located at 190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The meeting was also streamed live via the web in both official languages.

CMHR Board of Trustees Chairman Arni Thorsteinson and CMHR President and Chief Executive Officer Stuart Murray, along with other members of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights team, provided an update on key accomplishments from the past year, including progress on the construction of the Museum and the continuing development of content and programming for the Museum's opening.

During his presentation, Stuart Murray spoke of the importance of the CMHR delivering a clear net benefit to the wider community and providing a distinct value to all Canadians both as citizens and as taxpayers. To this, he cited that external studies show that the CMHR is projected to generate millions in new municipal, provincial and federal taxes alone, in perpetuity. *1. (MBS total operating tax revenue is estimated to be over $8M per year).

"There is no doubt that creating a new museum in this global financial climate is a challenging task, especially as we must expand our capacity to develop and build our exhibits and programs," said Stuart Murray. "We are managing this project very prudently to reduce costs and expenditures at every step along the way. We are confident that the final product will weave together a living expression of Canada's human rights journey of which all Canadians will be proud."

The Governments of Canada and Manitoba, and the City of Winnipeg have been fundamental public sector partners in establishing Canada's first new national museum since 1967. We are grateful for their vision of a national museum for human rights, and for their support of our project.

The Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights have risen to the challenge and will continue to work towards addressing our capital needs.

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 the subject of human rights and to encourage human rights action. The CMHR was the first national museum established in over 40 years, and the first national museum to be located outside the National Capital Region.

For more information about the CMHR please visit http://museumforhumanrights.ca/ or follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cmhr_news and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/canadianmuseumforhumanrights.

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