Canada celebrates opening of first human rights museum

By Jay Bigalke

Canada’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights permanent-rate stamp to be issued Aug. 20 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Canada Post will commemorate the upcoming September opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights with a single nondenominated (85¢) permanent-rate stamp. The stamp will be issued Aug. 20 in a booklet of 10.

Text inside the booklet describes the museum: “The Canadian Museum for Human Rights rises from the Prairie earth in Winnipeg as the only museum in the world solely devoted to human rights awareness and education. Visitors’ Journey of Inspiration takes them on a path of light through darkness, along ramps of glowing alabaster that criss-cross between galleries designed to challenge, motivate and uplift.”

The museum is the first national museum built in Canada since 1967, and is the first located outside of its capital region.

The museum is envisioned as a learning center “where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression.”

The museum’s mission statement further explains its goals, which include preserving and promoting Canadian heritage at home and abroad; contributing to the collective memory and sense of identity of all Canadians; and inspiring research, learning, and entertainment that belong to all Canadians.

The stamp was designed by Adrian Shum of the design firm Circle, using a photograph by Mike Grandmaison of the museum’s exterior.

Lowe Martin printed the stamp by six-color offset lithography on Tullis Russell paper, with general tagging on all four sides. The stamps have serpentine die cuts on all four sides. Two million booklet stamps were printed.

The booklet of 10 stamps is Canada Post item 413938111.

Canada Post will service 11,500 official first-day covers bearing a Winnipeg, Manitoba, postmark. The FDC is Canada Post item 413938131.

Canada Post products are available at www.canadapost.ca/shop. Stamps and FDCs are available by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre, Canada Post Corp., 75 St. Ninian St., Antigonish, NS B2G 2R8, Canada; or by telephone from the United States and Canada at 800-565-4362, and from other countries at 902-863-6550.

Canada’s stamps and stamp products are also available from many new-issue stamp dealers, and from Canada Post’s agent in the United States: Interpost, Box 420, Hewlett, NY 11557.

Published 7/25/2014 10:20 AM