The purpose of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is 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. The museum creates a place where Canadians, and especially young Canadians, can learn about human rights and the importance of protecting these rights. Its aim is to build not only a national hub for human rights learning and discovery, but a new era of global human rights leadership.
It’s hoped that by confronting various human rights issues, the museum will engage Canadians, as well as all foreign visitors, to become a part of an experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others. Visitors will be partners on a journey to erase barriers and create meaningful, lasting change.
Personally, I have added a visit to the museum to my ongoing “bucket list” of places to see. I remember visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington almost twenty years ago. It was a moving experience and one I think (and hope) I’ll never forget. I’m a firm believer in the adage, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. We need places like these museums as a reminder of what we are capable of doing to one another.