WINNIPEG, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced a partnership
agreement between The Manitoba Museum and the future Canadian Museum of
History. This is the second in a series of partnership agreements that
will allow the new Canadian Museum of History to fulfill its mandate.
"Through this partnership, Canadians will have greater access to their
history and heritage," said Minister Moore. "Canada has many great
museums that showcase particular aspects of our country's history—those
collections are of interest for people across the country. As we are
heading towards Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, Canadians want to learn more about the achievements
and accomplishments that have shaped our great country."
These partnership agreements will increase collaboration in producing
and presenting exhibitions and programs across Canada. As a partner,
The Manitoba Museum will have access to important pieces from the
future Canadian Museum of History's collection, which includes some
three and a half million items.
"It is our great pleasure to embark on a collaboration with the
outstanding Manitoba Museum. This new partnership will allow us to work
on many exciting projects, starting with the presentation at the future
Canadian Museum of History of very symbolic artifacts from the Hudson
Bay Company Collection of the Manitoba Museum later this fall", said
Mark O'Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization
Corporation. "We look forward to working together in telling Canada's
"Our Museum has been built around collaboration and community
engagement. Manitobans are proud of their history and this agreement
will allow us to share that history beyond our Province," said
Claudette Leclerc, CEO of The Manitoba Museum. "This partnership
agreement will also give us the opportunity to access treasures from
other parts of Canada that we look forward to sharing with all
The Government of Canada is a long-time funding partner of The Manitoba
Museum through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
NETWORK OF CANADIAN MUSEUMS OF HISTORY
On October 16, 2012, Minister Moore announced the Government of Canada's
intention to create the Canadian Museum of History.
The new Museum will highlight the national achievements, accomplishments
and artifacts that have shaped our country, including the "Last Spike"
from the construction of the Canada Pacific Railway, Maurice "Rocket"
Richard's hockey jersey and items from Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope. As
part of this transition, the Canadian Museum of Civilization - soon to
become the Canadian Museum of History, will renovate over 50,000 square
feet of public space to create this new permanent exhibition. This
renovation, to be completed before Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, will provide the public with the opportunity to
appreciate how Canada's identity has been shaped over the course of our
The future Canadian Museum of History sought input from Canadians across
the country on the major themes, events, and accomplishments that have
shaped our country. Approximately 20,000 people shared their ideas by
participating in an online forum and in public engagement sessions in
nine Canadian cities over a three-month period.
The Museum is also leading the creation of a nation-wide museum network
that will greatly enhance the production and reach of exhibitions
focusing on Canadian history.
The creation of a pan-Canadian network of history museums will provide
greater access to our heritage and our shared history, allowing
Canadians from coast to coast to coast to benefit from the exquisite
collections safeguarded by museums across the country. Partnership
agreements will allow artifacts and collections, which might otherwise
be stored in the museums vaults, to circulate between partnering
The network will promote collaboration and co-productions, the sharing
of artifacts, the development of new online projects and tools, and the
exchange of professional expertise. The ultimate goal is to enhance
public understanding of Canadian history from both a national and
regional perspective, and to foster a common sense of identity
throughout the country.
Through the network, museums across the country will have a national
showcase in the new Canadian Museum of History, which will devote a
permanent space to exhibitions produced by network members.
In addition, the Government of Canada is supporting museums through
several programs such as the Museums Assistance Program, the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program, the Movable Cultural Property Program, and the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. These programs will also continue to work with museums and galleries
across the country to offer maximum opportunities to Canadians to enjoy
access to international and Canadian treasures.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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