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Visions of a Diverse and Inclusive Canada: A Travelling Exhibit Will Mark the 60th Anniversary of John Diefenbaker’s Election as Prime Minister

Press Release

From Canadian Heritage

SASKATOON, September 13, 2017

Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced funding of $148,185 for the University of Saskatchewan’s Diefenbaker Canada Centre to support the production and circulation of a travelling exhibition. Mr. Casey made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This funding, provided by the Government of Canada through the Museums Assistance Program, will allow the organization to mark the 60th anniversary of John Diefenbaker’s election as Prime Minister. It will showcase his progressive role in developing the vision of a diverse and inclusive Canada, including the introduction of the Canadian Bill of Rights.


“It is important that Canadians be aware of John Diefenbaker’s legacy, including the pivotal role he played in championing the Canadian Bill of Rights and extending the right to vote to Indigenous Peoples. His efforts resulted in the emergence of a modern vision of Canada, one that found strength through inclusion and diversity, and one that we still aim for today.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Today’s investment will give Canadians the opportunity to learn more about a man who dreamed of a united Canada. Whether online or in person, those who view the ‘One Canada: Diefenbaker’s Vision\ travelling exhibit will have access an important part of our country’s history.”

—Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

“John Diefenbaker’s steadfast commitment to human rights, civil liberties and nation building led to his vision of ‘One Canada.’ This investment enables the Diefenbaker Canada Centre to continue its work in producing thought-provoking and engaging exhibits, which furthers the University of Saskatchewan’s mission of discovering, sharing and preserving knowledge to build a rich cultural community.”

—Dr. Patti McDougall, Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning, University of Saskatchewan
Quick Facts

  • The Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker Centre for the Study of Canada operates a heritage centre known as the Diefenbaker Canada Centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
  • The Centre, originally founded to preserve a collection of personal artifacts and documents bequeathed to the University of Saskatchewan by former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, has a mandate to educate the public on topics related to Canadian political history, citizenship and human rights.
  • The project will include a full-scale travelling exhibit for circulation to museums and other institutions; a smaller exhibit module that can be circulated to festivals, cultural fairs and other public events; an online virtual exhibit; and an educational module for use by school groups and host venues.
  • The exhibit and associated interpretive materials will be made available in both English and French.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary (interim)
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
[email protected]


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