Human Rights Education

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 …

Navigating Canadian Human Rights

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” …

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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 …

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25 Years of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

November 2016 Gender-based violence is a global human rights issue that has prompted world-wide attention and action for over 25 years. From Nov. 25th (International Day Against Violence against Women) to Dec. 10th (International Human Rights Day), organizations across Canada, and around the world, will participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. This global event was established …

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HRI Annual Report 2015-2016

October 2016 HRI’s Annual Report for 2015-2016 is now available. The Annual Report looks back over a year of change for HRI, starting with our new Vision statement and the development of our new website. To read more, visit: HRI Annual Report 2015-2016

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Canada removes Objector Status to UNDRIP

May 10, 2016, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced that Canada will remove objector status to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). “We intend nothing less than to adopt and implement the declaration in accordance with the Canadian Constitution.” For full article, visit: