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Rhonda Spivak February 21, 2010

According to the website of the Ukranian Canadian Congress, on February 15, 2011, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress met with the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage, to discuss the oncerns of the Ukrainian Canadian community regarding the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress delegation that met with Minister Moore included Ukrainian Canadian Congress National President Paul Grod and UCC Executive Director Taras Zalusky.

“We had a candid and frank discussion with Minister Moore regarding our community’s difficulty with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.  Specifically we expressed concern over the governance, content and layout of the museum.  Despite assurances that the content has not been finalized, the museum is proceeding with procurement based on the discredited report of the Content Advisory Committee where the Holodomor and Canada’s First National Internment Operations are not displayed permanently and prominently in their own zone,” stated Ukrainian Canadian Congress National President Paul Grod.

Specifically, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress is asking the Government of Canada to:

1.    Reconstitute the Museum’s Board of Trustees
The UCC calls upon the Minister of Heritage to disband and replace the Board of Trustees with appointees who are impartial and representative of Canadian society.  

2.    Independent Review

Conduct an independent review of the design, layout and content of the Museum in a public and transparent manner to ensure that the museum’s content and design is decided upon and displayed in a fair and equitable manner; That the contents of the CMHR be reviewed by a newly appointed, independent and impartial Content Advisory Committee and that all work and procurement relating to content, design or that may impact on these aspects, be immediately suspended until its design, layout and content has been publicly presented.

3.   Suspend Incremental Funding
Suspend any further funding for the Museum until issues surrounding the governance and content of the Museum are reviewed, and furthermore require the suspension of any procurement that is predicated on a design, layout and content until an independent review is concluded. That no further funding be extended to the museum (by any branch of government) until these issues are resolved


The website of the Caandian Human Rights Museum's lists the following as comprising the  Board of Trustees, which the Ukranian  Caandian  Congress is asking the government of Canadia to disband and reconstitute:

Chair:             Arni C. Thorsteinson, Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Vice Chair:     Eric Hughes, CA, Calgary, Alberta



Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. (Hon.), Winnipeg, Manitoba
Bill Barkley, Victoria, British Columbia
Ronald Corey, O.C., Westmount, Quebec
The Hon. Constance R. Glube, O.C., O.N.S., Q.C, Halifax, Nova Scotia .
The Hon. Vim Kochhar, O.Ont, O.M.C., Toronto, Ontario
Yves Laberge, Ph.D., Quebec City, Quebec
Dr. Wilton Littlechild, Hobbema, Alberta 
Lisa Pankratz, FCA, CFA, Vancouver, British Columbia


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