LATEST NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
July 31, 2023 – Since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the program from being held. The Asper Foundation is now in the process of completely updating the form and substance of the program to make it even more compelling and impactful. Given the amount of time this will take, the program will not be offered for the 2023-2024 year. We will keep schools/organizations that have participated in past programs or expressed interest in potentially participating in future programs current on program development updates and welcome their feedback.
The idea to create the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was inspired and motivated by the extraordinary impact of the program. The museum offers virtual school programs with a range of online programs offered to schools from across Canada from kindergarten to grade 12. If you are interested in booking one of these programs, please visit https://humanrights.ca/education/book-your-school for more information and to book online. We encourage you 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.
We look forward to announcing when The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program update is complete and sharing what we think will be a much broader and deeper program. It’s our hope that schools/organizations and their students will appreciate the value of participating in it.
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.