2. Follow us on Facebook!
The Commission has launched a Facebook page to provide up-to-date information to more members of the public. Facebook will enable us to connect with a variety of Albertans, including community groups, non-profit organizations, stakeholder organizations, and other audiences.
Our Facebook page aims to improve communication with stakeholders, providing details about the Commission’s processes, updates on the Commission’s education and engagement work, information on community partnerships and upcoming events, announcements about new resources and publications, and more.
Be sure to follow the Commission on Facebook for regular updates about human rights in Alberta. We welcome you to engage with our posts by sharing, liking, and commenting.
3. Update your bookmarks for our new website
To ensure you stay connected and informed, remember to update any bookmarked pages or links from our website that you may have saved on your devices. This will ensure seamless access to the Commission’s latest information and services.
4. Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism
Graduate students attending an Alberta public post-secondary institution, and whose studies will contribute to the advancement of human rights and multiculturalism, are encouraged to apply for the Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism.
There are two annual awards, including the Master's level award for $10,000 and the Doctoral level award for $15,000. The Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund provided funding for this award, which is administered jointly by the Alberta Human Rights Commission and Alberta Advanced Education. Interested graduate students can apply by visiting Alberta Student Aid. The application deadline is January 15, 2024.
5. The Commission and the community
- On October 24, 2023, Kathryn Oviatt, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, participated in Lean In Network Calgary’s “Panel Perspectives” webinar. The event centered on emphasizing the challenges hindering gender equality and offered practical guidance for organizations aiming to address and overcome these disparities.
- On October 27, 2023, the Commission attended “Action through Connection: Women in Employment and Entrepreneurship,” hosted by PolicyWise for Children & Families. The Commission is working alongside PolicyWise to develop a tool for navigators to help them support their clients in understanding their rights and how to request accommodation in the workplace. Lara Apps, Director of Complaints Management, spoke on the employers’ and entrepreneurs’ duty to accommodate.
- On November 4, 2023, the Commission collaborated with the University of Calgary and the City of Peace River to host a conversation, facilitated by Cam Stewart, about diversity, inclusion, and equity in mental health issues in the greater Peace River area.
- On November 23, 2023, the Commission attended StopHateAB’s (formerly Alberta Hate Crimes Committee) stakeholder meeting in Red Deer, where Cam Stewart facilitated a discussion on community issues and the needs around hate crimes and incidents.
- On November 30, 2023, Cam Stewart brought Commission greetings to the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center’s “International Human Rights Protections for Children in Armed Conflict” event. He spoke on Albertans’ rights and responsibilities to stand up for human rights.
- On December 6-7, 2023, Anne Clennett, Director of Communication, Education and Engagement, and Evan Brunner, Policy and Program Consultant, met with the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission to present on our Indigenous Human Rights Strategy and the work we have undertaken with community partners and our Indigenous Advisory Circle members to advance human rights for Indigenous people in Alberta. We also learned about their efforts to incorporate restorative practices within their human rights complaints process.
- The Commission participated in the John Humphrey Centre’s Ignite Change Global Convention, which recognized the UN Declaration of Human Rights’ 75th anniversary.
- On December 2, 2023, Cam Stewart, Policy and Program Consultant, co-facilitated a presentation with Nina Saini, Executive Director of StopHateAB on hate crime and incidents research in Alberta and recommendations for action.
- On December 9, 2023, Anne Clennett and Evan Brunner will present on the evolution of the Commission’s Indigenous Human Rights Strategy and progress made in addressing human rights issues for Indigenous people in Alberta.