Canadian Museum for Human Rights

  • The unique architecture of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    Photo: CMHRP

  • The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opening ceremonies, held on September 19, 2014. Photo: CMHR

    Photo: CMHRP

  • A view from the introductory “What are Human Rights?” gallery. Photo: CMHR

    Photo: CMHRP

  • Entering the introductory “What are Human Rights?” gallery. Photo: CMHR

    Photo: CMHRP

  • Visitors explore the “Protecting Rights in Canada” gallery. Photo: CMHR

    Photo: CMHRP

  • Human rights stories are told on a digital canvas in the “Canadian Journeys” gallery. Photo: CMHR

    Photo: CMHRP

BY THE NUMBERS

The Israel Asper Tower of Hope is 100 meters tall, equivalent to a 23-storey building

The CMHR’s total area is 24,155 square metres

The CMHR is built on the insights, ideas and guidance of the nearly 4,000 Canadians who have provided input into this unprecedented national project

The CMHR opened in 2014

Enhancing the Understanding of Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the CMHR is the first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region.

The Museum was established by an Act of Parliament in 2008 and officially opened its doors in September 2014. The CMHR’s mandate is to explore the subject of human rights in order to enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue.

Supported by Winnipeg’s Asper Family

The inspiration for the CMHR came from the late Israel Asper, a philanthropist and entrepreneur who lived in Winnipeg. As a proud and grateful Canadian, Mr. Asper wanted to create a place where Canadians, especially young Canadians, could learn about human rights and the importance of protecting them. When he died in 2003, the Asper family continued to pursue his vision.

The total capital cost of building the CMHR was $351 million, with strong support
coming from the private sector, including Power Corporation and its subsidiaries, Great-West Lifeco and IGM Financial. The Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg and the Forks Renewal Corporation also made substantial financial contributions.

Human rights stories are showcased from multiple perspectives, in unique and remarkable ways. Through films, video clips, interactive digital displays, artifacts and works of art, the CMHR weaves diverse human rights stories throughout its 10 core galleries.

“Living as we do in an advanced and modern country like Canada, it is all too easy for us to take our human rights for granted,” said Paul Desmarais, Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation. “The Canadian Museum for Human Rights now stands as a permanent and constant reminder that human rights are integral to our worth as individuals and must be guarded and nurtured for all citizens,” added André Desmarais, Deputy Chairman, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer.

“The CMHR is a unique and inspiring museum,” said CMHR interim President and CEO Gail Stephens. “I believe this museum will be a beacon for visitors from around the world, demonstrating not only the fragility of human rights but also the enduring spirit, resilience and determination of those who defend human rights, in Canada and around the world.”

“With their support of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Power Corporation has demonstrated their outstanding commitment to the community,” said Diane Boyle, Chief Executive Officer, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. “Not only did they give a substantial donation to begin with, but they increased their support as the project came to completion. This dedication shows a true understanding of the Museum’s aim to be a national hub for human rights learning and discovery, and a belief in what Canadians can do with education and inspiration.”

This museum will be a beacon for visitors from around the world, demonstrating not only the fragility of human rights but also the enduring spirit, resilience and determination of those who defend human rights, in Canada and around the world.
Gail Stephens
Interim President and CEO
CMHR

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