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We want to hear from you! HRI is seeking feedback on our website and database. HRI strives to provide free online human rights resources and information relevant to Canada, and beyond. Since the launch of our new website, and the International Human Rights and Canada Database (IHRCanadaDb), we have seen tremendous interest our resources. To keep this momentum going, we want to ensure our resources …

10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 2017 Today is the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration). To commemorate this moment, HRI has produced a brief overview of some key milestones in the development of the UN Declaration and the initial steps towards implementation in Canada. These moments in the history of the UN Declaration are not …

Beyond Labels: 2017 Human Rights Symposium 

Post submitted by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Piero Narducci, Director General, Human Rights Promotion Branch  July 2017 2017 marks the anniversaries of Canada’s foundational human rights legislation, with the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the 40th anniversary for the Canadian Human Rights Act. On September 27th & 28th, the Canadian Human Rights Commission …

Blog Series: Navigating the Human Rights Landscape – Commissions and Tribunals

June 2017 Human rights commissions and tribunals play a vital role in ensuring human rights protections are protected and promoted. This past month, legislation was passed at the Federal level and in Yukon that provides legal protection against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. These changes reflect similar protections already in place in other jurisdictions across …

Human Rights Education

May 2017 Education is a powerful and important tool for promoting tolerance and strengthening respect for human rights and diversity, through understanding and awareness (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UDHR). Education is a right but also an integral part of ensuring the protection and respect of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including those set out in the Charter of …

Blog Series: Navigating the Canadian Human Rights Landscape – The Charter

April 2017 This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For the occasion, we have put together a brief overview of this foundational piece in the Canadian human rights landscape, and its place among other human rights laws. While the existence of the Charter and federal, provincial and territorial human rights laws may appear …

Blog Series: Navigating the Canadian Human Rights Landscape – Part I

Canada has a robust framework of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Across the country institutions are mandated to ensure these laws are respected, protected and promoted. This is the first in a series of blog posts showcasing the unique work and contribution that these institutions make to Canadian human rights. Earlier this year HRI launched the Canadian Human Rights Institutions Interactive Map …

Getting a “Human Rights” Job

February 2017 Finding jobs in the field of human rights, like any job search, can be overwhelming. It can be challenging to know where to start. “Human rights” is a broad term that encompasses many possible career paths. And, while there are often a lot of jobs with human rights organizations, there are not always a lot of “human rights” …

Post Women’s March and Canada

(Photo: Women’s March on Washington ©Sarah French, 2017) January 2017 The Women’s March on Washington was a historic event, with an estimated 5 million people participating in Washington and in solidarity “sister” marches across the world. The Women’s March was organized around women’s rights issues, but also about the intersectionality of human rights issues, in the face of rising instances …

 “Standing Up for Someone’s Rights”: 2016 International Human Rights Day

December 2016 In the face of increasing conflict, violence and harassment in Canada and around the world, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is calling on people to “stand up for someone’s rights” on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day is dedicated to celebrating the adoption of the Universal Human Rights …