Human rights museum, Asper Foundation to bring thousands of students to Winnipeg

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and The Asper Foundation have formed a partnership to bring students from across Canada to Winnipeg to learn about human rights and the Holocaust.

The two have signed a memorandum of understanding and the first national group of students is expected in the spring of 2016.

The students will visit the museum as as part of the foundation's Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program, which was created in 1997 to promote respect for others and to teach the consequences of racism.

The deal was signed on the anniversary of Israel (Izzy) Asper's death.

It was his vision that sparked the creation of the museum.

"Our foundation is proud to enter into this historic agreement with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights," said Asper's son and chair of the foundation, David Asper. "The success of our Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program inspired my father with the dream to build this museum. We are thrilled that the program's Canadian students which we have been sending to the US will finally be able to have a Canadian human rights experience."

Students participating in the program will also complete 16 hours of volunteer work with a charity.

Museum officials said the students will spend one to two days at the museum as part of a three to four day visit to Winnipeg that will include visiting the city's cultural attractions.