Alberta Human Rights Information Service December 10, 2010
Alberta Human Rights Commission to host national human rights conference
The Alberta Human Rights Commission is pleased to be hosting the upcoming annual conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) from June 13 to June 15, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta. CASHRA is the national association of Canada's statutory agencies charged with administering federal, provincial and territorial human rights legislation. Each year, a different jurisdiction hosts CASHRA's annual conference. Read about previous CASHRA conferences.
Human Rights in Canada: New Realities, New Directions
The 2011 conference theme is Human Rights in Canada: New Realities, New Directions. Conference sessions will focus on new realities related to human rights, diversity and inclusion in Canada and on new directions in building discrimination-free welcoming and inclusive communities and workplaces.
The conference will provide a strong learning experience that focuses on sharing knowledge and expertise across jurisdictions and sectors. It will equip participants with the knowledge and tools to move forward to build discrimination-free welcoming and inclusive communities and workplaces that foster equality.
The Commission expects to host up to 250 participants representing organizations from across Canada who are interested in building welcoming, inclusive and discrimination-free communities and workplaces. In addition to welcoming staff and members of human rights commissions and lawyers practising in the field of human rights, the Commission looks forward to welcoming a diverse range of participants who represent the interests of a wide variety of communities, including cultural groups, the Aboriginal community, persons with disabilities, and the LGBT community.
The CASHRA 2011 conference website was launched today to coincide with International Human Rights Day, December 10. The website provides information about the theme, program, location and funders and partners of the conference. Conference registration will open by January 31, 2011. Visit the CASHRA 2011 website for more information. You can also read the December 10, 2010 Commission information bulletin and the December 10, 2010 CASHRA news release.
December 10 is International Human Rights Day
International Human Rights Day marks the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations (UN) members on December 10, 1948. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled. A Canadian, John Peters Humphrey, was the primary author of the Declaration. It is arguably the world's most influential document on human rights, inspiring human rights frameworks across the globe.
The UN has proclaimed this year's focus for International Human Rights Day "Speak Up, Stop Discrimination." The campaign highlights and promotes the achievements of human rights defenders and encourages all global citizens to speak out against discrimination in all its forms.
Visit the website of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for ideas about how to celebrate International Human Rights Day 2010.
Albertans are encouraged to celebrate International Human Rights Day by speaking out against discrimination, organizing activities, raising awareness and reaching out to their local communities on December 10 and throughout 2011.
For more information, see:
- December 3, 2010 information bulletin (joint Government of Alberta and Commission)
- December 10, 2010 news release (CASHRA)
Read more about International Human Rights Day.
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