The Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC) is a Crown Corporation established by the Museums Act (Statutes of Canada 1990, Chapter 3). The CMCC conforms to and is influenced by federal and provincial legislation. The Corporation is a separate employer and, as of November 2000, employed 425 staff (full-time equivalent), the majority of which are represented by two unions: the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. Appointed by the Governor-in-Council, the eleven members of the Board of Trustees are part-time appointees representing different regions of Canada. The Board in turn appoints the Corporation’s full-time President/Chief Executive Officer, who directs all of the Corporation’s activities.
The Corporation’s primary responsibilities are the management of Canada’s national museum of human history, the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC), Canada’s national museum of military heritage, the Canadian War Museum (CWM), and a virtual museum on the Web, the Museum of New France (VMNF). The Canadian Museum of Civilization is recognized as one of the premier cultural facilities of the twentieth century, and is home to the Canadian Postal Museum, the Canadian Children’s Museum, and an IMAX® theatre. It houses more than 3.75 million artifacts spanning the disciplines of history, archaeology, folk culture, ethnology, postal communications and various other areas of heritage study. Formed in 1880 around a local collection of Canadian Militia battlefield mementoes, the Canadian War Museum has since become Canada’s national museum of military history. On May 8, 2005 the Museum reopened in a stunning new building on LeBreton Flats.
Through its activities, the Corporation practices museological excellence, thereby promoting a greater understanding of Canadian identity, history and culture. In addition to its presence within the National Capital Region, the Corporation disseminates its knowledge throughout Canada and the world – largely through electronic outreach.
The CMCC is a member of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Along with other Portfolio members, the Corporation protects and exhibits Canada’s heritage for current and future generations. The Corporation also plays a vital role in fostering a sense of Canadian identity, reaching a diverse – and growing – audience through its research and public programming activities.
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