Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tolerance Awareness Tuesday

While visiting the Grand Lodge of Manitoba annual communication last weekend, we heard a short report on the progress of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Grand Lodge of Manitoba has committed to assist with the project by raising funds, and raising awareness. A brief look at the website for the Museum demonstrates that this project embodies true Masonic values:

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is envisioned to be a centre of learning and history where Canadians and people from other countries can engage in dialogue and commit to taking action to combat the forces of hate and oppression.

This museum is envisioned to be the largest human rights centre in the world, with a special focus on equipping and educating young people to become human rights leaders and advocates.

Here's what some youth, who have participated in The Asper Foundation's Human's Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program, are saying. (For more youth comments, see the web page.)

"Our class has decided to play an active role in the fight against intolerance. We want to help fulfill Izzy Asper's dream of building a museum for human rights. We want to become bricklayers of peace." - Ecole Lacerte, Classroom 6-3, Saint-Boniface

"I knew that there was so much I was going to learn and that after this, I would be different. I know that now, because when I hear somebody being racist, or saying something based on our differences, I can't help but to step in. When the museum opens, I will be the first in line." - Hannah, Winnipeg

Masons should support the vision of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.