About the conference host
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will take you on a journey of inspiration unlike anything you’ve experienced before. From the moment you enter through its massive stone roots, to the time you emerge in its light-filled Tower of Hope, you will be moved by the power of human rights. Canada’s newest national museum rises from the Prairie earth in Winnipeg at The Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet on Treaty One land at a doorstep of the historical location of Métis occupation and Louis Riel’s provisional government, the Museum sits on land that has been a meeting place for over six thousand years.
Opened in 2014, the CMHR is the only museum in the world solely devoted to human rights awareness and education, it stands as a beacon for visitors from around the globe. Ramps of glowing alabaster criss-cross galleries designed to challenge, motivate and uplift. Multi-sensory exhibits explore human rights concepts with an international scope, but through a uniquely Canadian lens. An amazing encounter with human rights awaits families, tourists and scholars alike.
FIHRM – Federation of International Human Rights Museums
FIHRM encourages museums which engage with sensitive and controversial human rights themes, such as transatlantic slavery, the Holocaust and other instances of genocide, and the plight of many indigenous peoples, to work together and share new thinking and initiatives in a supportive environment.
The ethos underpinning the FIHRM initiative is that all types of museums within these fields of work, regardless of size or resources, share similar challenges in dealing with difficult, politically-loaded, and controversial subjects. FIHRM believe that these issues are best confronted collectively rather than individually. The global network is about sharing, working together, learning from each other, and encouraging each other; it is also about being active.
COMCOL – International ICOM Committee for Collecting
COMCOL is an International Committee of ICOM which aims to deepen discussions and share knowledge on the practice, theory and ethics of collecting and collections (both tangible and intangible) development. COMCOL is a platform for professional exchange of views and experiences around collecting in the broadest sense.
The mandate includes: collecting and de-accessioning policies; contemporary collecting; restitution of cultural property and respectful practices that affect the role of collections now and in the future, from all types of museums and from all parts of the world.
About the Destination
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Mayor Brian Bowman addresses FIHRM 2017 delegates, inviting them to Winnipeg for the 2018 conference.
Known as the “cultural cradle of Canada“, Winnipeg is Manitoba’s cosmopolitan capital city offering plenty of charm. This four-season destination boasts a dazzling arts, vibrant theatre and indie music scene, as well as a buzzworthy dining scene featuring award-winning chefs and global influences.
Winnipeg’s world-class attractions educate, entertain and delight. Be moved by the galleries at the architecturally stunning Canadian Museum for Human Rights designed by Antoine Predock, and watch polar bears swim overhead at the award-winning Journey to Churchill northern species exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Forks is the city’s meeting place with 54 sprawling acres of attractions, shopping, parkland, restaurants and entertainment. Explore Winnipeg’s diverse neighbourhoods, such as the historic Exchange District, trendy Corydon Avenue, the French Quarter of St. Boniface or the boho chic Osborne Village. Marvel at the grace of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, hop aboard the Nonsuch—a full-size replica trading ship at Manitoba Museum, or visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery, home to the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art.
Winnipeg’s luxury spas offer unique experiences, including a Turkish hamam, Indigenous hot stone massage and a tranquil Scandinavian-inspired spa set in nature. Hit the links at one of 27 golf courses, or shop till you drop at a new outlet mall, one-of-a-kind boutiques, shopping centres and big box stores. Sports fans can cheer on the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, AHL’s Manitoba Moose, CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers or the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team. For a night on the town, head to the city’s two themed casinos, bet on horses at Assiniboia Downs or dance the night away at the city’s nightclubs.
Beyond city limits is trophy fishing and hunting, while sun seekers adore the fine white sand of Grand Beach—named one of North America’s top beaches, located an hour’s drive away on Lake Winnipeg.