TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario Human Rights Commission Chief
Commissioner Barbara Hall today launched the Living Rights Project, a
web-based living library that puts real people into the human rights
discussion. The project was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ontario's Human Rights Code, and to be an ongoing resource for all Ontarians. Hall made the
announcement at Parkdale Collegiate Institute, which will serve as a
The OHRC is inviting all Ontario residents to submit short videos,
essays, letters, poems, songs, or any other artistic work that tells a
human rights story. Submissions can talk about what "Human rights in
Ontario" means, or relate a personal story related to the grounds of
the Code, such as age, colour, disability, sexual orientation, etc. Stories can
be positive or negative - the project's goal is to teach people about
experiences over the past 50 years, as well as to look forward as the
next generations learn about and advance human rights.
"This project helps us learn from the past and aspire to the future,"
says Hall. "Over 50 years, we have come a long way. But we also need to
look at the discrimination and the barriers that still exist today, and
to inspire the next generation to continue the journey. That's the only
way to make rights that look so good on paper actual lived rights."
Special categories have been created for junior, middle and high school
students and classes - where the next generation of human rights
pioneers will get their start.
"The Living Rights Project is about learning and education, so schools
are the logical places to build for the future," says Chris Bolton,
Chair of the Toronto District School Board. "We have one of the most
diverse student populations in the world, and projects like this can
help us both celebrate the diversity and teach that human rights begin
in our homes, in our neighbourhoods, and especially in our classrooms."
The project will be launched the week of June 15, 2012 - the 50th anniversary of the Human Rights Code. Submissions received by April 30, 2012 will have a chance to be
considered for the launch. But submissions are also welcome beyond
April 30, as the project will become an ongoing, regularly updated
resource that will continue to tell the human rights story.
Submissions can be emailed to Livingrights@ohrc.on.ca. For complete details, go to www.ohrc.on.ca
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