LATEST NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
2021-2022 PROGRAM UPDATE
Given the uncertainty related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Asper Foundation will not be offering the program for the 2021-2022 year. The Asper Foundation has always strongly emphasized that the primary concern of the program is to ensure the health and safety of all program participants. There isn’t a reasonable certainty that the program could be offered safely regarding delivery of the educational classes, carrying out fundraising, completing volunteer work, administration and the trip to Winnipeg including a visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The concept for the museum was inspired and motivated by the extraordinary impact of the program. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we will delay offering the program until it can be delivered safely in the future which will hopefully be in the 2022-2023 year.
We thank schools and organizations for their past participation in the program and those schools and organizations that are possibly interested in participating in future programs. We appreciate that for almost the past two years, the pandemic has been particularly challenging for educators and we thank all the educators for their great efforts.
Through The Asper Foundation’s funding of virtual school programs at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the museum is able to offer a range of online programs to schools from across Canada, from Kindergarten to Grade 12. For those interested in booking one of these programs, please visit here for more information and to book online. The virtual program valued at $125 is available for free. We encourage schools to contact the museum to take advantage of this programming which has been extremely well-received by many thousands of students participating from across Canada.
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
Click here to see new, concise, four-page Program at a Glance for prospective program students, families and administrators.
AWARD-WINNING HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM INCREASES ACCESSIBILITY
In order to make The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program more accessible and increase the number of participating students, The Asper Foundation is pleased to put into effect changes for the 2019-2020 program. For more information, click here.
AWARD-WINNING HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM EMPOWERS AND TRANSFORMS CANADIAN YOUTH AT THE CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
The Asper Foundation’s award-winning Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program has reached over 14,000 youth across Canada promoting understanding and sensitizing students to the consequences of racism. For more information, click here.
BANK OF CANADA ISSUES NEW $10 BANK NOTE FEATURING CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND VIOLA DESMOND
The Bank of Canada issued the new $10 bank note featuring the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Viola Desmond. See photos here and here. For more information, see here, here, here, here, here, and here.
LAUNCH OF 2018-2019 ASPER FOUNDATION HUMAN RIGHTS AND HOLOCAUST STUDIES PROGRAM
The Asper Foundation is proud to launch the 2018-2019 Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program for grades 7 to 9 students from Canada. For more information, click here.
LAUNCH OF THE NEW HUMAN RIGHTS & HOLOCAUST STUDIES WEBSITE
The Asper Foundation is pleased to unveil the new website for Human Rights & Holocaust Studies Program in time for the program’s 18th year of operations.
THE HUMAN RIGHTS & HOLOCAUST STUDIES PROGRAM GOES GREEN!
With very large numbers of high school students and chaperones from across Canada having travelled to Washington, DC and now travelling to Winnipeg, MB annually through The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program, the Foundation recognized the real need for the program to help alleviate the effects of its share of carbon dioxide emissions. The program has established an annual contribution to charitable organizations that plant and care for trees. A donation has been made to Tree Canada, a not-for-profit, charitable organization. As well, a donation has been made to the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s Go Neutral program. This year’s program donation will result in the planting of almost 1,200 trees which, when fully grown, will provide daily oxygen for up to 4,800 people and release up to 540,000 litres of water daily into the air. Please click here for program recognition from JNF Canada’s Go Neutral program and Tree Canada.
PROGRAM CELEBRATES SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS WITH FIRST NATIONS, MÉTIS, AND INUIT STUDENTS
From 2001 to 2019, over 1,000 Aboriginal students from every province spanning British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the Yukon and Nunavut territories have participated in The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program including students from Winnipeg’s inner-city and communities such as Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, ON, Norway House Cree Nation, MB (Kinosao Sipi Cree Nation), Cross Lake First Nation, MB (Pimicikamak First Nation) and Opaskwayack Cree Nation, MB. The Asper Foundation has directly contributed almost 1.9 million dollars for the participation of these students.
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