Minister Announces Partnership Between The Manitoba Museum and the Canadian Museum of History

Department of Canadian Heritage,
14 June 2013, Canada

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced a partnership agreement between The Manitoba Museum and the future Canadian Museum of History. This is the second in a series of partnership agreements that will allow the new Canadian Museum of History to fulfill its mandate.

“Through this partnership, Canadians will have greater access to their history and heritage,” said Minister Moore. “Canada has many great museums that showcase particular aspects of our country’s history—those collections are of interest for people across the country. As we are heading towards Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, Canadians want to learn more about the achievements and accomplishments that have shaped our great country.”

These partnership agreements will increase collaboration in producing and presenting exhibitions and programs across Canada. As a partner, The Manitoba Museum will have access to important pieces from the future Canadian Museum of History’s collection, which includes some three and a half million items.

“It is our great pleasure to embark on a collaboration with the outstanding Manitoba Museum. This new partnership will allow us to work on many exciting projects, starting with the presentation at the future Canadian Museum of History of very symbolic artifacts from the Hudson Bay Company Collection of the Manitoba Museum later this fall”, said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. “We look forward to working together in telling Canada’s stories”.

“Our Museum has been built around collaboration and community engagement. Manitobans are proud of their history and this agreement will allow us to share that history beyond our Province,” said Claudette Leclerc, CEO of The Manitoba Museum. “This partnership agreement will also give us the opportunity to access treasures from other parts of Canada that we look forward to sharing with all Manitobans.”

The Government of Canada is a long-time funding partner of The Manitoba Museum through the Department of Canadian Heritage.