Indigenous Human Rights Strategy

The Alberta Human Rights Commission is seeking feedback on its new draft Indigenous Human Rights Strategy.

Alberta is home to over 260,000 Indigenous people (representing about 6.5% of the population). The research shows that Indigenous people face disproportionate rates of racism, discrimination, and hate in their day-to-day lives, and they continue to experience disadvantages and injustices as a result of the lasting effects of Canada's colonial legacy. Despite this, the Commission's data suggests that Indigenous people do not access the human rights complaint system at the same rate as non-Indigenous people. With the ongoing human rights issues that Indigenous people in Alberta face, the Commission recognizes the need to prioritize this work and develop a comprehensive strategy to address these issues.

The draft Indigenous Human Rights Strategy is intended to guide the Commission's practices and initiatives with the goal of reducing barriers that Indigenous individuals and communities face. It also aims to enhance the Commission's interaction with Indigenous Albertans and communities.

In addition to targeted stakeholder engagement, the Commission is inviting the public, especially Indigenous people and organizations, to provide feedback on the draft Strategy and proposed Advisory Circle. The following documents are posted for a 30-day public comment period. After the 30-day feedback period is over, the Commission will review all input and refine the Strategy.

  • Indigenous Human Rights Strategy: A draft Indigenous Human Rights Strategy outlining principles and values, goals and objectives, strategic actions, and resources needed.

  • Indigenous Advisory Circle Terms of Reference: A draft Terms of Reference outlining the Indigenous Advisory Circle's mandate, key responsibilities, organization and administration, remuneration, authority, and shared values.

  • Backgrounder: A draft backgrounder that informed the Strategy, containing information on Indigenous human rights in Alberta, provincial data and research, the Commission's human rights complaint data, federal and international reports, the history of the Commission's Indigenous engagement and initiatives, and the Commission's engagement framework.

The submission window closes May 31, 2021. Please email all comments to EducationCommunityServices@gov.ab.ca.

 

Revised: April 30, 2021


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