Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be a hot attraction in Winnipeg
Downtown living is especially exciting in Winnipeg at this time because of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights that is currently being built, expected to launch in 2013. Although it is still in the construction phase, it is already proving to be an innovative work of architecture, situated in downtown Winnipeg at the Forks. The CMHR will be both an iconic and sustainable landmark; once completed, it will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified Building to promote energy efficiency and support for the environment.
A $310 million project, the purpose of the CMHR is primarily to increase awareness and understanding of human rights. The museum will function as a place of learning as well as an instigator for discussion, and therefore will be ideal for children, youth and adults alike. The aim of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is to act as a catalyst for change, inspiring visitors to take action and promote social change in defense of human rights.
Winnipeg is well-known as a cultural mecca. The city is interested in bringing people together and creating strong community. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is yet another way for Winnipeg to assist in building an identity for Canadians everywhere. This museum will also encourage understanding of past, present and future national and global issues so as to prevent the focus from being too focused on any one exhibit. It will serve to help visitors recognize the vital importance of examining human rights issues, teaching all visitors to learn from past mistakes and to work together to find solutions for current concerns.
With 47,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Winnipeg-based museum will feature 12 permanent “zones” or galleries which will highlight Canadian issues among other historical conflicts and ongoing struggles around the world. The entire 12-storey building will span across 260,000 square feet in order to cover a variety of human rights issues.
Check out the Canadian Museum for Human Rights website
Not only will the museum be an amazing tourist attraction, estimated to draw in 250,000 visitors each year, but it will also be a place that everyone can visit to learn about human rights in Canada and around the world. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights even has a section on their website inviting anyone to share their story, which may be featured on their website so that people around the globe can partake in the educative role of the Winnipeg-based museum, even if they cannot physically visit it themselves.
Check out the CMHR website at www.humanrightsmuseum.ca to learn more about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. For those living in Winnipeg, you can take a walk down to the Forks to see the construction of the building itself! It already has the makings of a masterpiece.
Sagan Morrow owns an open-concept condo in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and loves downtown living. By night she writes the blog Living Healthy in the Real World and is the Executive Director for The Food Label Movement; by day, she coordinates the Dig In local food campaign for Food Matters Manitoba. She enjoys taking in the theatre and art culture of downtown Winnipeg during her spare time.
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By night she writes the blog Living Healthy in the Real World and is the Executive Director for The Food Label Movement; by day, she coordinates the Dig In local food campaign for Food Matters Manitoba. Sagan has a …