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Manitoba Museum of Human Rights Grand Opening With Rightsfest This Month

Updated on September 7, 2014
Photo courtesy of CBC
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Manitoba Museum of Human Rights Grand Opening

On September 20th, the Manitoba Museum of Human Rights will be opening with a grand celebration. This much anticipated museum is the first national museum to be built in Canada since 1967. It is located at the historic site known as The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

This museum is a dream comes true for belated TV mogul Izzy Asper. He wanted to create a place where students could go to learn about Human Rights; the events that have shaped our world as well as ongoing issues faced today. The museum is designed to educate and recognize Human Rights issues of the past, present and future.

Izzy Asper passed away in 2003, before he could see his dream become a reality. After his death, Asper’s daughter, Gail Asper, took over the planning. After years of planning and fundraising, construction of the museum finally began in April, 2009. After several delays and ongoing controversies, the Museum will finally open its doors this month with a grand opening weekend Rights festival.

Rightsfest will begin on September 19th with the opening ceremonies. Thousands of people are expected to descend upon The Forks to celebrate the opening of this ultra modern, multi level museum. Free preview tours of the museum will be held throughout Saturday and Sunday. The weekend promises to be a fun filled event with entertainment and events for every age group both Saturday and Sunday. Concerts highlighting several of Canada’s top musicians will be held at the Scotiabank Main Stage at The Forks. Rightsfest will end on Sunday at 9:00pm. The weekend promises to be as big and glamorous as the museum itself.

For more information, people can go to the official Human Rights Museum website at:

© 2014 Lorraine Pelley


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