TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - Today, human rights commissions and agencies
across Canada are commemorating the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Barbara Hall, President of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human
Rights Agencies and Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights
Commission, invites all Canadians to participate in local celebrations
recognizing this special day, stating that, "Each one of us has
benefited from this Declaration. We are all responsible for human
rights in our society, and today is a perfect time for us to recognize
the gains made, and the areas where there is still work to be done. I
challenge all Canadians to get involved in advancing a culture of human
Here are some highlights of what human rights commissions across the
country are doing to mark this special day.
Placing ads in English and French Northern newspapers, airing public
service announcements on CBC North radio, and the Chairperson is
delivering a human rights presentation in Fort Smith.
Engaging and working with media to raise awareness of the importance of
Distributing calendars and fridge magnets to celebrate the day and
Prince Edward Island
Presenting its 2010 Award for the Advancement of Human Rights to the PEI
Council of People with Disabilities for outstanding work on behalf of
Islanders with disabilities. The award recognizes Island individuals or
groups who have made an important contribution to promoting values
enshrined in its Human Rights Act.
Celebrating the 62nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the significant contribution of main author, John Peters Humphrey,
from New Brunswick, towards adopting this milestone declaration. The
Commission is also introducing a five-year strategic plan (2010-2015)
to address evolving human rights issues and promote human rights
protections throughout society.
Celebrating International Human Rights Day for the first time in the
community of North Preston, with a full day program featuring musical
entertainment and the presentation of annual human rights awards
Newfoundland and Labrador
Launching a new website on Tuesday, December 14th - www.justice/gov.nl.ca/hrc
Presenting the 2010 Rights and Freedoms Prize to Montreal-based
Tolerance Foundation for its work using cartoon strips, games, videos
and interactive theatre performances to help youth understand the role
they have in fighting discrimination, exclusion and intimidation. The
Commission is also awarding a special mention to the Val d'Or Native
Friendship Centre for its work towards improving quality of life of
Aboriginal persons living in an urban setting, and building bridges
between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal persons in Val d'Or.
Ottawa - Canadian Human Rights Commission
Marking this day with the theme, "Speak Up, Stop Discrimination", the
Commission issued a statement and has released Framework for Documenting Equality Rights, which provides a conceptual framework to look at social and economic
well-being from a human rights perspective.http://www.chrc-ccdp.ca/media_room/message_cc/hrd_10122010_jdh-eng.aspx
Launching a new e-learning package that provides online learning and
training for people who need information on human rights issues that
come up in rental housing. The new tool helps users from across the
province access human rights learning anywhere, any time at the click
of a button. Live webcast on Friday, December 10th from 12:15 p.m. to
1:00 p.m. at: http://windows.stream.yorku.ca:80/itc/2010/OHRCwebcast . Also available on the Commission's website: www.ohrc.on.ca and click on the e-learning button.
Honouring recipients of this year's Human Rights Commitment Award for
advancing human rights, with the Manitoba Association for Rights and
Liberties and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Holding a letter writing campaign to save lives with Amnesty
International Regina Chapter, and discussions regarding federal
government monies allocated to resolve the issue of missing indigenous
women in Canada with Iskwewuk E-Wichiwitochik (Women Talking Together),
Amnesty International Chapter 33 Saskatoon and the Public Service
Alliance of Canada. It is also asking Saskatchewan's Justice Minister
to declare December 10, 2010, International Human Rights Day.
Introducing new page on ministry website celebrating December 10th : http://culture.alberta.ca/humanrights/dates/int-humanrights-day.aspx, and working towards having the UN "Speak out, Stop Discrimination"
banner (featured on the new webpage) put on the revolving banner
section of the Government of Alberta homepage at Alberta.ca.
SOURCE Ontario Human Rights Commission
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