Canadian Museum for Human Rights


After much anticipation the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is open to the public.  The opening weekend on September 19-21 proved to all that it was worth the wait.  A brilliant landmark for Winnipeg, the CMHR is the first national museum outside of the National Capital Region.  Through partnership, dedication and hard work, Israel Asper’s dynamic vision has come to life.  He envisioned a place where Canadians could be educated on the importance of human rights, a place to provoke discussion to ensure those rights will be protected.

According to the CMHR website the mandate and mission of the museum are as follows:

Established by Parliament through amendments to the Museums Act on March 13, 2008, which came into force on August 10, 2008, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is envisioned as a national and international destination-a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression.

The purpose of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, as set out in the new legislation, is as follows:

The purpose of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is to explore the subject of human rights, with special but not exclusive reference to Canada, in order to enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue (Museums Act).


What does this museum mean for Winnipeg?  On top of having the honour of housing such an important place, the museum symbolizes what partnership can achieve in Winnipeg.  The Government of Canada, the Government of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, The Forks Renewal Corporation, The Friends of the Museum for Human Rights and of course the private sector came together to support, fund and guide the development of this amazing project.  People from across Canada and across the world will come to Winnipeg to experience the CMHR, and while they are here, see what else our beautiful city has to offer.