Written by; Markus MacIntyre / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Thu Aug 26 2010
Construction for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights began in 2009 and is likely to end in 2012. The ambitious project situated in The Forks complex in Winnipeg was spearheaded by the late Izzy Asper, a media mogul from Winnipeg. Thus far it has acquired financial support from numerous sources both in the public and private sectors.
Antoine Pedrock is behind the building's design and is well known for his placement of the surrounding physical environment in the front and centre of his buildings. The building will have large stone arms at its entry and will be surrounded by a cloud made of glass. The museum will also have a Tower of Hope which will provide breathtaking views of the scenery as well as an internal Garden of Contemplation.
The museum's emphasis will be a Canadian approach on human rights as a global subject. With reference to its mission statement the museum will have "special but not exclusive reference to Canada" and will not shy away from recognizing Canada's own shortcomings in the human rights field. Exhibits are expected to encourage action by museum goers and issues concerning modern human rights will be highlighted. The Holocaust is expected to have a section reserved for it as will the human rights topic in Canada's context.
It is hoped that the building will serve to boost tourism in Winnipeg.
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