UNBC professor to lead human rights museum

Prof. John Young of the University of Northern British Columbia.

A professor from the University of Northern British Columbia has been tapped to run Canada’s newest federal museum.

John Young, a political science professor at UNBC, was appointed the new executive director of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, according to a report in the Winnipeg Free Press today.


Young has been involved with the museum’s board since 2012, and had most recently been serving as its vice-chair.

Young will begin his new post Aug. 17.

The $350-million museum opened in Winnipeg in the fall of 2014.

The decade-long slog to build the museum saw no shortage of controversies, from massive cost overruns, funding shortfalls, and debate over the museum’s content, particularly of its portrayal of Canada’s treatment of aboriginals, and of the Holodomor, “man-made” famine led by Joseph Stalin on Ukraine in 1932.

According to the report, Young has been part of the UNBC faculty member for more than two decades, holding numerous positions including acting provost and Dean of the College of Arts, Social, and Health Sciences. He currently teaches comparative politics.

He has also spent time working and living in both Germany and Russia, along with stints in the United States and Japan.

Read the full Winnipeg Free Press report here.