When I first heard about the Canadian Human Rights Museum and who was pushing for its development I concluded that upon completion it would be another Holocaust memorial that gives a polite nod to other genocides, under the auspices of diversity and inclusion, while deeming them of lesser value. This, all the while being heavily dependent on tax dollars for its survival.
It appears I was right about the first assumption and will be proven in time to be correct about the second (it's pretty much a given).
According to news reports plans for the museum specify a separate place for the Holocaust within it, singling it out for special attention, while all other genocides are to be lumped together in an all inclusive exhibit. The implication is that the Holocaust is exceptional compared to all other acts of genocide and thus more deserving of reflection and reverence. As for other genocides, well, they're all pretty much the same so we will just stick them all into that corner over there and out of the way. After all, we don't want people to trip over them and hurt themselves.
Ukrainian groups are not amused because they have their own Holocaust to brag about. Called the Holodomor, it was an event that witnessed a man made famine in the Ukrainian SSR during 1932-33. Death tolls range from anywhere between 1.2 million to 12 million in a campaign led out of Moscow to wipe out ethnic Ukrainians in an act of genocide. There are more Canadians who are of Ukrainian extraction than there are those who are Jewish so it is reasonable to argue that the Holodomor should occupy a space for itself as well.
How many Canadians died in the Holocaust? How many Canadians died in the Holodomor? Why are Canadians building a museum to memorialize these events? Why are Canadians bickering about which genocide is more important than another? If we're all Canadians than why has this become controversial?
On the plus side polls suggest the Holocaust should not be given a special place but should be apart of a display showcasing all acts of genocide. This just illustrates, yet again, that those in decision making positions are grossly out of touch with the values of the majority of people.
What is disconcerting about this is how even after generations within Canada some Canadians still identify with an ancestral homeland where, I doubt, many of have ever visited (or can locate on a map) and this is the core issue here. This is the fruit of multiculturalism and the immigration system that gives it its breath. How can we function as a coherent nation when the country is divided along ethnic lines all trying to advance their special interests? This is something that should be considered as the foreign born population swells in the coming decades. The Human Rights Museum is proving to be more of a symbol of division than understanding but isn't that what multiculturalism accomplishes anyway?