The Canadian Museum for Human Rights Invites Ontarians to Make History

    Fundraising campaign to benefit students across Canada and around the

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - The Friends of The Canadian Museum for Human
Rights continues its campaign tour by launching its Ontario fundraising
campaign in Toronto today with the announcement of over $10 million in
donations from Ontarians. The campaign goal is to raise $265 million for the
building project and an additional $50 million for a student endowment program
and other capital enhancements.
    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is envisioned to be the largest
human rights centre in the world, and the first to build its mission around a
national student program. Fundraising efforts will support an endowment fund
that would allow more than 20,000 students from across Canada each year to
travel to the Museum as a centre for learning, a forum for dialogue, a home
for stories, a place for heroes and a catalyst for action, equipping them to
become a powerful generation of human rights leaders.
    "Ontario donors have been extremely supportive of the Museum," said Gail
Asper, National Campaign Chair, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human
Rights. "We're encouraged by the expression of support from Ontarians which
demonstrates the importance this Museum has in showcasing Canada's history and
reputation for peacekeeping, trust, mediation and contribution to human
rights. In addition, this endorsement will have a significant impact on
educating our youth and future generations on human rights issues from around
the world."
    "The Museum will promote understanding and awareness through dialogue and
education," stated Charlie Coffey, co-chair of the Ontario campaign. "The
vision for the youth education program is particularly remarkable because they
are the ones who need to understand the past, as well as have an awareness of
the persistent themes in today's world. Our youth are our future who can
advocate for change."
    Slated to be built in 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canadian Museum for
Human Rights will mark a number of firsts. It will be the first new federal
museum to be built in Canada in 40 years, the first federal museum to be built
outside of the national capital area, the first Canadian museum focusing on
Canada's social history and human rights journey, the first museum in Canada
and internationally dedicated to the subject of human rights, the first
national institution created where the private sector capital contributions
exceed the federal contributions, the first national institution to receive
financial support from provincial and municipal governments and the first
national museum proposed to be centred on a national student program.
    Building upon the Museum's youth-focused mandate, exhibit designer Ralph
Appelbaum's proposed design uses state-of-the-art technology and interactivity
such as holograms to engage visitors on a human rights journey that explores
women's equality, the rights of the disabled, labour rights, ethnic, religious
and racial diversity.
    The design for the Museum is proposed by Antoine Predock, Architect,
winner of the 2006 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects,
recipient of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper Hewitt Design
Museum in Washington, D.C. and winner of the the International Architectural
Competition launched by the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will redefine the meaning of the word
"Museum" and its award winning design will provide Canada with an
architectural icon of international status.

    For more information, and to download high resolution images of the
Museum, please visit the image gallery at

For further information:

For further information: For a presentation of a virtual tour of the
above or to schedule an interview with a Museum spokesperson, please contact:
Laura Currie, Tel: (416) 979-1120 ext. 304, Cell: (416) 400-2080,; Marci Mosher-Mandel, Tel: (416) 979-1120 ext. 334,

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