MEDIA ADVISORY - Indigenous Human Rights Project to be launched in Sudbury

SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC) will launch a new justice initiative for Indigenous people funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario at the N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre in Sudbury on September 22.

The Provincial Aboriginal Human Rights Training Initiative partners the Human Rights Legal Support Centre with the OFIFC to develop and deliver training to Friendship Centre staff to promote access to legal services for Indigenous people experiencing discrimination.

"The human rights project will engage Friendship Centre staff across the province to deliver key information to Indigenous communities about options for action when facing discrimination," says Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director, OFIFC.

"This project encompasses key priority areas for the Foundation: building the capacity of front line staff to provide legal information to people living in rural and remote communities, and promoting and enhancing access to justice for Aboriginal peoples," said Paul Schabas, Chair, The Law Foundation of Ontario.

"We hope to engage Aboriginal communities in the human rights process as one way of fighting discrimination," said Lori Mishibinijima, Legal Counsel and Coordinator of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre's Aboriginal Services and Outreach.


Launch of Provincial Aboriginal Human Rights Training Initiative


Tuesday, September 22, 2015


11:30 a.m.


N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre

110 Elm Street, Sudbury, Ontario


OFIFC and HRLSC (joined by the Board of Directors of the HRLSC meeting in Sudbury)

The OFIFC is a provincial Aboriginal organisation representing the collective interests of 29 member Friendship Centres throughout Ontario. Friendship Centres improve the quality of life for Indigenous people living in urban environments through self-determined, culturally appropriate activities that encourage equal access to, and participation in, Canadian society.

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre provides free legal support to people across Ontario whose human rights under Ontario's Human Rights Code have been violated.

The Law Foundation of Ontario is the sole foundation in Ontario with the unique mandate of access to justice. The Foundation helps Ontarians to understand the law and use it to improve their lives.

SOURCE Human Rights Legal Support Centre

For further information: Jennifer Ramsay, Human Rights Legal Support Centre, 416-522-5931, or Kelly Patrick, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, 416 956-7575 ext 278,


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