TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2017 /CNW/ - The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC) released a new educational video Defending your human rights in Ontario – what you need to know. The hand-drawn video takes Indigenous people through common scenarios of discrimination (sexual harassment, profiling and disability accommodation at work) and what tools are available to Indigenous people in Ontario when they experience discrimination.
"This video highlights everyday examples of racism that Indigenous people face," said Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres. "It will help educate Indigenous people on how to recognize discrimination, assert their rights, and learn how to access human rights supports in Ontario."
Lori Mishibinijima of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre said she is "hoping the video will extend the reach of information about human rights legal help available in Ontario to Indigenous communities."
Funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, this video is part of the Provincial Indigenous Human Rights Training Initiative which has been holding information sessions at Indigenous Friendship Centres across Ontario.
The video can be seen here https://youtu.be/S4JD7b7Uce0 (ang seul)
About the HRLSC
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre provides free legal assistance to people in communities across Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to Ontario's Human Rights Code. Learn more at www.hrlsc.on.ca.
About the OFIFC
Founded in 1971, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) works to support, advocate for, and build the capacity of 28 member Friendship Centres across Ontario.
In Ontario more than 85 per cent of Indigenous people live in urban communities. The OFIFC is the largest urban Indigenous service network in the province supporting this vibrant, diverse, and quickly-growing population through programs and initiatives that span justice, health, family support, long-term care, healing and wellness, employment and training, education, research, and more. Learn more about the work the OFIFC does to support Friendship Centres at www.ofifc.org.
SOURCE Human Rights Legal Support Centre
For further information: Media Contacts: Jennifer Ramsay, Human Rights Legal Support Centre, 416.597.4958; cell: 416.522.5931; Suze Morrison, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, cell: 416.956.7577