International Human Rights Day at the Museum
Right from the start, we knew that International Human Rights Day – happening on December 10, 2014 - would be a busy and exciting time, but we were thrilled to see just how many people were inspired to visit us for the occasion. To mark the day, the Museum provided free admission all day long and extended hours of operation until 9pm. In total, more than 4,000 visitors passed through our galleries, visited our Boutique or grabbed a bite to eat in ERA Bistro.
There were also special events in the Museum all day long. In the morning the Museum held its Annual Public Meeting inside the building – the event was open to all and was a chance for everyone to hear about our Museum’s operations.
In the afternoon, 30 people became Canadian citizens in the first-ever citizenship ceremony held inside the Museum.
Throughout the day there were various artisans in the Museum Boutique talking to visitors about their work, discussing everything from writing to drum-making.
In the evening the Assembly of First Nations Host Committee helped us organize a wonderful show. Aboriginal performers from many different First Nations and the Métis Nation danced, drummed and sang inside the Museum.
Thanks to all the organizers - including the Assembly of First Nations Host Committee - and the performers who worked so hard to make this day a special one. We also thank all the visitors who joined us on December 10. Many visitors shared their beautiful photos of the Museum on social media under the hashtags #VisitCMHR and #VisiterMCDP - we appreciated seeing all the wonderful images. It was an amazing day, and we were happy to see so many people coming together to learn more about human rights.