With your help, this could become a reality soon.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is envisioned to be a national and international destination — a centre of learning and history where Canadians and people from other countries can engage in dialogue and commit to taking action to combat the forces of hate and oppression.
Located in Winnipeg, at the cross roads of Canada, this museum is envisioned to be the largest human rights centre in the world, with a special focus on equipping and educating young people to become human rights leaders and advocates.
I am so, so tempted to make jokes about its potential exhibits. I know, it’s so terrible of me but I can’t help it. First off, the future location of the museum (which is still in its negotiating stages in terms of planning and fundraising), is in MANITOBA. No offense to all you mid-province lovers. There’s plenty of development going on there and Winnipeg is poised to become the next Calgary, but as a spoiled urban person, I wouldn’t even consider going for the life of me. Ugh. Winnipeg. Good luck drawing an international visitor crowd. The other funny thing is that the Harper government initiated the project, slapping down $200 million as a down payment. I don’t exactly associate or remember Harper and his administration being big on human rights. Yes, it’s a pillar of Canada’s foreign policy traditionally, part of our Canadian values and interests blah blah, but it’s been out of sight, out of mind for awhile since Harper came into power. And among the list of supporters, where are you Lloyd?! I need to do more in-depth research on this because there hasn’t been that much media coverage about it (or perhaps I haven’t been paying enough attention). The site just popped up on an advertisement on the side when I was doing some random browsing about the Pussycat Dolls Present Girlicious — yes I’ve spent 4 years in school and I deserve to rot my brains out with this show now that I’ve graduated.
Apparently Canadians want this museum bad.
Anyway, donate today! — Maybe we’ll name it after Glyn Berry too. And pray to dear heavens above it won’t meet the same fate as Gastown’s Storyeum.