Media Reminder - Rights champions gather in Ottawa to launch Speak Truth To Power Canada

OTTAWA, July 17, 2015 /CNW/ - Canadian human rights defenders are the focus of a new national resource being rolled out to teachers across the country this fall. "Speak Truth to Power Canada (STTP)" is designed to raise awareness of the importance of human rights and motivate young people to become defenders themselves. Seven of the individuals featured in this groundbreaking educational initiative are gathering this evening in Ottawa for the official launch of this online resource.

Their compelling stories draw attention to the human rights issues all around us in Canada – stories of violation, resilience, survival and hope – adding relevance to lessons about human rights taught in Canadian classrooms. Here is the website:

Event details:



7 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2015


Victoria Ballroom, 2nd floor, Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa


Canadian human rights defenders

Canadian Teachers' Federation leaders

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Assembly of First Nations

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights


The 12 profiled defenders are (names of those attending this evening are underlined):


  • Louise Arbour (Québec),
  • Remzi Cej (Newfoundland),
  • Léonie Couture (Québec),
  • Jeremy Dias (Alberta/Ottawa),
  • Rick Hansen (BC),
  • Gilles Julien, (Québec)
  • Wilton Littlechild (Ermineskin Cree Nation, Alberta),


  • Art Miki (Manitoba),
  • Timea Nagy (Ontario),
  • Rosemary Sadlier (Ontario),
  • Mary Simon (Inuit/Québec) and
  • Tim Thompson (Wahta Mohawk Territory, Ontario).



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SOURCE Canadian Teachers' Federation

For further information: For more information and to arrange advance interviews, please contact: Pauline Théoret, CTF Program Officer, Canadian Teachers' Federation @CanTeachersFed @EnseigneCanada, 613-688-4303; Cell: 613-899-4207,; Maureen Fitzhenry, Media relations manager, Canadian Museum for Human Rights @CMHR_News, 204-289-2112; Cell: 204-782-8442,; Daniel Cronin, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, 917-284-6356,; Patricia D'Souza, Senior Communications Officer, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, 613.292.4482,; Alain Garon, Bilingual Communications Officer, Assembly of First Nations, 613-241-6789, ext 382,


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