Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The museum opened in 2008 and was built in Winnipeg. The museum has had one controversy after another, first the sight they built the museum on is an aboriginal burial ground which lead to criticism from archaeologist. Then issues with which group gets the most space in the museum dedicated to their suffering. Plans were then made for a Holocaust gallery, the Canadian-Ukrainian community reacted to the museum failing to recognize the level of suffering in the Holdomor Genocide under Stalin and privileging the Holocaust. There were other issues to numerous to count about lack of focus on the Palestinian plight. To me it sounds like to many fingers in the cookie jar. They need to sit down and rethink what their mission is and set goals.

2 Thoughts to “Controversies Discussion #12”

  1. Michael Hubert

    Becca ,
    your right sound like everyone wants input and no one is really coming up with a good game plan.

  2. Angela Linn

    It must be a difficult role to play as the “world’s first museum dedicated to human rights”. Rather than a mission, they have a “mandate” (“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”). Seems very broad… but as a very young museum (Canadian legislation passed in 2008 as the first new national museum in over 40 years) that just opened in 2014 they will no doubt have some growing pains. Almost seems expected that a museum that seeks to explore human rights will be forced to explain itself over and over again!

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