The Canadian Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles
The Committee: Background and objectives
The Temple of Athena Parthenos on the Acropolis of Athens is the symbol of the Golden Age of Greece and of the ideal of democracy. It is an integral part of the identity of the modern Greek nation and a monument of world-wide significance. Several of its sculptures were removed by Lord Elgin in 1801 without the consent of the Greek people and are now housed in the British Museum in London.
In 1982 Greece petitioned the British Government for the return of these sculptures. Since then, this petition has received a great deal of public support around the world, which led to the creation of a British, a US, and an Australian Committee for the Restitution of the Marbles.
The Canadian Committee was formed in 2000 to seek to raise public awareness and provide support to the cause of the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. The Committee was established as a result of the Canadian concern for the protection of world cultural heritage. Our aim is to assist in the return of the Marbles to the new Acropolis Museum.
Structure of the Committee In order to accommodate the large number of Canadians who have expressed an interest in supporting actively the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles, the Committee is being structured as follows:
Distinguished Canadians from the spheres of politics, letters, arts, and science. Members at Large
Any Canadian citizen supporting the cause and objectives of the Committee.
Campaign to collect 100,000 signatures In response to intense support by the Canadian public for the return of the Marbles, the Committee is launched a drive to collect 100,000 signatures of Canadians supporting this cause. This campaign was successful.
House of Commons resolution
A resolution calling for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, introduced by John Cannis M.P. was passed by the House of Commons
The Board The Board of the Committee consists of the founding members of the Committee. The Board executives are:
The Honourable Steve Ashton, Minister of Intergovermental Affairs, Government of Manitoba ). Chair Committee Members Mrs. Eleni Bakopanos, Former Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic Professor Jacques Bouchard, Études Néo-Helléniques, Université de Montréal and McGill University
Mr. John Cannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Centre and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry Canada
Professor André Gerolymatos, Chair of Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University
Professor George Karlis, Department of Leisure Studies, University of Ottawa
Mr. Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough--Agincourt
Professor Ross Kilpatrick, Department of Classics, Queen's University
Dr. Ted McWhinney, Président de l'Institut de Droit International
Professor Nikos Metallinos, Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University
Professor Jacques Y. Perreault, Centre d' Études Classiques, Université de Montréal
Professor Thomas M. Robinson, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Professor Hector Williams, Department of Classical, Religious, and Near Eastern Studies, University of British Columbia