UCCLA, January 31, 2011
In the Jan. 31, 2011 edition of The Hill Times, an ad ran timed to coincide with similarly designed postcards in a second targeted UCCLA campaign to convince the Department of Canadian Heritage, its minister, the Hon. James Moore, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the government that its proposed allocation of space in the new museum is unequal and unCanadian.
The image in the ad, duplicated on the postcard, is from the cover of the 1947 Ukrainian-language edition of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Most copies were confiscated by the American Occupation authorities in Germany and turned over to the Soviets, along with hundreds of thousands of "Soviet Citizens" forcibly repatriated under the terms of the now-notorious Yalta Agreement. Many were survivors and witnesses to the genocidal Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine, a tragedy now known as the Holodomor.
Text on front of postcard: KOLHOSP TVARYN ('Animal Farm' in Ukrainian) "All animal are equal but some animals are more equal than others" Text on back of postcard: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a taxpyer-funded national museum. Its 12 galleries should all be inclusive, comparative and thematic in their treatment of the many crimes against humanity that have befouled human history — before, during and since the Second World War. Instead, two communities are being given privileged, permanent and prominent exhibit spaces, elevating the horrors suffered by a few above all the others. That's unfair. That's unacceptable. Partiality shouldn't be funded from the public purse.
When will those in charge understand that a federally funded NATIONAL museum in Winnipeg, to be paid for by TAXPAYERS in PERPETUITY, must be equal to all Canadians, and cannot provide privileged space to one or two groups in Canada at the expense of all others?