Posts Tagged ‘Canadian Museum of Human Rights’

Canada wins bank note competition with human rights defender

May 6, 2019

A bit quirky but nice news item: “Canada’s Viola Desmond note wins international banknote competition” as reported by the BBC on 30 April 2019.

A Canadian $10 bill has won the top prize in an international banknote competition.

The bill, featuring Canadian civil rights activist Viola Desmond, beat 15 other banknotes to win the International Bank Note Society award. Desmond became the first female Canadian to be featured prominently on a banknote. Desmond, a black businesswoman from Nova Scotia, stood at the forefront of Canada’s early civil rights movement when she refused to vacate a whites-only area of a theatre in 1946. The back of the $10 note depicts the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The $10 Viola Desmond note (centre) beat competition from Russia (left) and Venezuela (right)Image copyrightCOURTESY The $10 Viola Desmond note (centre) beat competition from Russia (left) and Venezuela (right)

“I shall not hate” message of Palestinian doctor not enough (for some)

April 13, 2016

A post in the Canadian Jewish News (CJN) by Myron Love (on 11 April 2016) reports that University of Manitoba professor Haskel Greenfield expressed outrage about an exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights that highlights, among 17 other human rights defenders, the story of Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor from Gaza who lost three daughters and a niece when an Israeli missile hit his home during Operation Cast Lead in 2009. In Greenfield’s words, the interactive exhibit that includes Abuelaish is “a disgusting, one-sided portrayal of a complex situation. It completely ignored the fact that Hamas used yards and roofs of residences, schools and hospitals to launch their missiles. The Palestinian family portrayed was a tragic example of collateral damage in a war started by their Hamas government.” Greenfield is an archeologist and acting head of U of M’s Judaic studies program. He said it’s “very clear to me that the exhibit is not about human rights at all. It is an opportunity for Israel bashing and subtle anti-Semitism. The exhibit only focuses on what the Israelis have done to Palestinians – and, in particular to one Palestinian family – without any context as to why it happened.” 

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A White Elephant or a quintessentially Canadian museum ?

October 1, 2013

Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

(Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba)

The new Canadian Museum of Human Rights that is to open in 2014 in Winnipeg Manitobo, Canada, has been in the making for 10 years, but has been plagued by controversy and disagreement, as shown in the exchange of letters in the National Post of 30 September. Read the rest of this entry »