Commission events archive 2011 to 2012

Here you will find an archive of Commission events from 2011 to 2012 that have been previously posted on the Commission's events page.

Citizenship Ceremony (Edmonton, October 17, 2012)

The Alberta Human Rights Commission (the Commission) hosted a reception at a Citizenship Ceremony on October 17, 2012 in Edmonton during Citizenship Week. Senator Tommy Banks presided over the ceremony.

Eighty newcomers received their Canadian citizenship. The Commission hosted a reception for about 180 people including family and relatives of the new Canadians. Each new Canadian was given a folder with information on human rights legislation and creating respectful, inclusive environments.

Geeta Bharadia, QC, Acting Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, congratulated the new Canadians and she spoke about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship as well as what it means to be a Canadian citizen. Ms. Bharadia described her sense of accomplishment and pride when she obtained her citizenship many years ago. Ms. Bharadia also informed the new Canadians about the work of the Commission and the mandate of the Alberta Human Rights Act.

Law Day, Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton, April 21, 2012 and Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, April 28, 2012)

The Alberta Human Rights Commission participated in Law Day events in Calgary, Edmonton and Medicine Hat this year by hosting information booths. Children, parents, law students and others attending the Law Day events engaged with Commission representatives to learn more about human rights and the programs and services offered by the Commission. Commission resources and materials were also distributed at the Lethbridge Law Day event.

The various events for Law Day are organized by the  Canadian Bar Association, in cooperation and with funding from the Alberta Law Foundation and the Law Society of Alberta 

Law Day events attract thousands of participants each year. Over 5000 people attended the Calgary Law Day event this year, over 3000 people attended the Edmonton event and 350 people attended the Medicine Hat  event.  From the Canadian Bar Association website: "Law Day provides an opportunity for Albertans to learn about their legal system and the role the law plays in their country. " Read more about Law Day.


Commission staff, Jasvir Chatha-Bains and Cam Stewart, host the Commission's information booth at the Calgary Law Day event.

Sushila Samy, Alberta Human Rights Commission, speaks with attendees visiting the Commission's information booth at the Edmonton Law Day event.

Hate Crimes Awareness Day (Calgary and Edmonton, April 24, 2012)

The third annual Hate Crimes Awareness Day took place on April 24, 2012 duringNational Victims of Crime Awareness Week, April 23 to 27, 2012. Hate Crimes Awareness Day was organized by the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee (AHCC) to encourage communities, governments and police to unite to send the message that hate crimes will not be tolerated. This year's theme was "Supporting Victims of Hate/Bias Crime and Activities."

Blair Mason, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, spoke at the Calgary event held at the FCJ Christian Life Centre. Mr. Mason spoke to the importance of the collaborative work to combat hate incidents and crimes in our communities and praised the work and successes of community and other organizations in Alberta. Moosa Jiwaji, Member of the Commission, Alberta Human Rights Commission, shared a similar message as he brought greetings on behalf of the Commission at the Edmonton Hate Crimes Awareness Day event held at City Hall.  At both events, the AHCC's latest resource to support communities with their work to tackle and combat hate crimes was released: Beyond Hate: A Resource Toolkit for Building a Community Response Plan to Counter Hate.

Workshops and events were also hosted in Lethbridge, Brooks, Red Deer and Fort McMurray.  The Alberta Human Rights Commission has been a member of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee since its establishment in 2002. Read more about Hate Crime Awareness Day.

Human Resources Institute of Alberta Annual Conference (Calgary, April 24 - 25, 2012)

The Alberta Human Rights Commission hosted an information booth at the Human Resources Institute of Alberta's Annual Conference held at the BMO Centre in Calgary this year. The conference attracted over 800 employers and human resources professionals. Many delegates engaged with Commission staff at the booth to learn about the Commission's programs and services and about their rights and responsibilities related to human rights.

The majority of inquires made to the Commission relate to the area of employment. Commission representatives provided information about the Commission's programs and services targeted to employers and employees to support them in their efforts to build respectful and inclusive organizations that protect human rights.

Seeking Peace: Healing Hurts, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination event (Calgary, March 21, 2012)

On March 21, 2012, the Commission partnered with the Human Rights Domain of the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative, Aboriginal elders and community leaders to host the Seeking Peace: Healing Hurts event. The event raised awareness within the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community about the reality and issues pertaining to missing Aboriginal people in Canada including: murdered and missing women, missing children of the residential school era and the missing (physically and figuratively) Aboriginal men. The pairing of the sessions with a ceremony allowed a symbolic gesture towards healing for the community. Geeta Bharadia, Full-time Member of the Commission, was a guest speaker at the event and spoke to the significance of organizing the event in context of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Come Together Alberta, meeting of the provincial network of Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (Edmonton, December 1-2, 2011)

The provincial network of Welcoming and Inclusive Communities gathered in December 2011 for its second formal meeting following the first gathering in September 2009. Alberta municipalities interested in building welcoming and inclusive communities comprise the network. This network allows communities to share best practices and lessons learned, develop common resources and gain support in the development and implementation of their action plans towards building welcoming and inclusive communities. More than 70 participants representing more than 20 communities attended the event.

The Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC)  initiative is a partnership between the Alberta Human Rights Commission and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) that helps to build the capacity of communities to combat racism and discrimination and be welcoming and inclusive of all.

In addition to offering presentations, discussions and networking opportunities, the meeting showcased new resources developed by the AUMA to support the provincial network. A provincial promotional campaign, including materials that can be used by communities to support their efforts to be more inclusive, and Come Together Alberta materials and videos for the WIC micro-site were showcased. The Alberta Human Services (formerly Alberta Employment and Immigration) provided funding for the Come Together Alberta resources.

Blair Mason, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, brought greetings to the event and spoke about the importance of the work being undertaken by communities to build welcoming and inclusive communities.

Read more about the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities initiative.

Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies annual conference, 2011 (Calgary, June 13-15, 2011)

The Alberta Human Rights Commission organized and hosted the 2011 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) in Calgary, Alberta from June 13 to June 15, 2011. The conference, titled Human Rights in Canada: New Realities, New Directions, was organized in partnership with Alberta Culture and Community Spirit (now Alberta Culture and Community Services).

A total of 391 delegates and speakers from Alberta and across the country participated in the sold-out conference which set a new attendance record for a CASHRA conference. In addition, 24 individuals participated in a pre-conference program exploring history and the contemporary realities of Aboriginal peoples, and 84 individuals participated in a post-conference educational workshop on conducting high-quality investigations.

Delegates representing a wide range of sectors (including  human rights professionals, the legal community, employers, business and human resource professionals, educators and representatives of community organizations) explored some of the new realities of life in Canada today and acquired knowledge and tools to enable them to move forward in their work related to human rights, diversity and inclusion.

To learn more about the conference, visit

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