The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and representatives of the Chinese Canadian community from across Canada met today at the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre (WCCC) to discuss Chinese Canadian content and programming opportunities within the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This discussion reaffirmed the Museum's commitment to ongoing engagement with Canadians as it works towards opening and beyond.
"The Canadian Museum for Human Rights represents a meaningful manifestation of Canada's experience with human rights. Our goal is to ensure that we capture and learn from the richness of Canada's story, for the benefit of all Canadians," said Angela Cassie, Director of Communications and External Relations at the CMHR. "Today's discussion with representatives of the Chinese Canadian community is an example of our commitment to continue engaging with Canadians throughout the development of the Museum's inaugural exhibits, programming and beyond."
"These discussions were an important next step in furthering the Chinese Canadian community's relationship with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights," said Dr. Joseph Du, President, Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre. "We look forward to sharing our knowledge, experiences, and community perspectives for the benefit of all future visitors to Canada's national Museum, dedicated to the topic of human rights."
Dialogue with the Chinese Canadian community is an important part of the content development process at the CMHR. It enables the Museum to ensure that content is accurate and reflective of experiences not only from academic point of view but also from a community point of view. This is particularly important as it relates to the diverse lived experience of Chinese Canadians and the Head Tax. This consultation marks an important stride forward and strengthens the Museum's ability to tell the stories that constitute Canada's human rights history. The CMHR is committed to continued public engagement and building enduring relationships with the ethno-cultural communities, advocacy groups, human rights organizations and the public.
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. With construction slated for completion in 2012, the CMHR is the first national museum to have been 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://humanrightsmuseum.ca/ or follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cmhr_news and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/canadianmuseumforhumanrights.
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For more information contact:Angela Cassie