UCCLA Media Release, For Immediate Release (Ottawa, 15 December 2010)
Concerns over the proposed contents of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a taxpayer-funded national museum set to open its doors in Winnipeg next year, are growing.
Commenting, UCCLA’s director of research, Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, said:
"A national museum dedicated to human rights and civil liberties should be equitable and inclusive in its treatment of the many episodes of genocide that have befouled human history, as well as focusing on Canadian stories, particularly those that are less well known. We were therefore surprised and deeply troubled when the final report of the museum’s Content Advisory Committee made only one passing reference to Canada’s first national internment operations and barely mentioned what was arguably the greatest genocide of 20th century European history, the Holodomor, the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine. While we appreciate how difficult it is to tell every story in such a museum the clear partiality of its proposed contents are unacceptable. We are therefore joining the protest against that committee’s recommendations by launching a national campaign with postcards addressed to the Honourable James Moore, the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Clearly the Government of Canada now needs to intervene to ensure that a museum funded by all Canadians does not elevate the suffering of one community above all others."