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All eyes on the Wet’suwet’en: Indigenous community calls for UN intervention

In All Posts, Environment, Indigenous by Emelia FournierLeave a Comment

Over 100 people joined hands circling around a drum circle on a brutally cold Thursday afternoon at Winnipeg’s blocked-off Portage and Main intersection.  The round dance was held in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people and was hosted by Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO!). Some demonstrators held signs reading “Water is Life”, “No access without consent” and “All eyes on Wet’suwet’en”.   This may sound like a familiar scene – exactly one year prior, a Wet’suwet’en solidarity rally and round dance was held at …

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Saudi Arabia at the Helm of the G20 for 2020

In All Posts, Politics by Callum Goulet-Kilgour1 Comment

Saudi Arabia at the Helm of the G20 In a historic first, Saudi Arabia was recently announced as the president of the G20, an international organization comprised of  twenty developed countries. As the presidency of the G20 rotates annually, Saudi Arabia will hold this position for the year 2020. Since the country which  heads the G20 sets the agenda for the year ahead and hosts the annual summit, it is highly concerning that Saudi Arabia, with a notorious human rights …

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#CanadaCommit: Canadian Law Students & Professors Call for Climate Action

In All Posts, Environment, Politics by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

Climate science is abundantly clear: we have a very small window of time left to radically reduce our emissions. The United Nations Environment Programme reported last week that limiting warming to 1.5°C will require global emissions to drop by 7.6% each year between 2020 and 2030. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claims that at our current rate of warming, 1.5°C of global warming will likely occur sometime between 2030 and 2052. Canada’s emissions targets don’t match this level of …

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Gender “X”: Manitoba to Add Third Gender Option to Official Documents

In All Posts, Gender by Mia Ryder-MarksLeave a Comment

By: Mia Ryder-Marks Ever since my friend C.J started asking to be called by the gender-neutral pronouns of “they/them” in 2014, they have combated various forms of skepticism regarding the “legitimacy” of their identity. C.J, born in Manitoba but currently residing in Ontario, found it difficult to cement their identity when their government documents did not reflect it. “I felt like every time I had to check the “female” box I was just moving backwards from the place I worked so …

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We’re (Sort of) Back!

In All Posts, Uncategorized by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

Hello! We have missed you all ever so dearly. This past spring, we announced our hiatus, temporarily pausing our events calendar, opportunities portal, and blog to allow us to strategize and consider the next phase of the Human Rights Hub. If you follow us on social media (here’s our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), you’ve heard from us here and there. There are so many events and great initiatives happening, and we’ve tried to relay some of those to you over the last several months. …

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Update: We Might Be a Little Bit Quieter Over The Next Few Months…

In All Posts, Uncategorized by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

From its inception, the Human Rights Hub was conceived as a one-stop shop for learning about local human rights events, opportunities, and organizations. Since launching our site in October 2015, we have shared over 3,000 local human rights events on our calendar, launched a master list with over 300 organizations working in the human rights sector, brought on many volunteers, shared hundreds of local human rights stories on social media, and helped promote local job and volunteer opportunities in this …

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Asylum Claims 101: How They Work, Challenges Involved, and a New Pilot Program

In All Posts, Refugees & Citizenship by Valeria CastellanosLeave a Comment

For people who are unfamiliar with Canada’s refugee protection programs, it can be hard to figure out how the system works. Are refugees and asylum claimants the same? Do all of them come to Canada the same way? What happens once they arrive? Whether the refugee process occurs within Canada or outside, it is complex and lengthy, and in many cases, a person or a family’s safety – or even, their lives – depends on the success of the application. …

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Why You Should Care About the Supreme Court of Canada’s Nevsun Case

In All Posts, Politics by Reid KotschorekLeave a Comment

You may or may not have heard, but a ground-breaking case is making its way through the Supreme Court of Canada right now. While Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Gize Yebeyo Araya, et al. might seem like a sleeper controversy alongside the spicy SNC-Lavalin affair, this case has the potential to completely change the way that Canadian businesses operate abroad. The Canadian government proudly champions human rights rhetoric in the international arena, but it seems that the actions of some Canadian businesses …

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50 Years of Festivities: A Milestone for the Festival du Voyageur

In All Posts, Uncategorized by Emma JoyalLeave a Comment

Winnipeg winters can sometimes feel very long—and very cold! One great thing about winter, however, is the many notable events that still occur throughout the city during these chillier months, including the annual Festival du Voyageur! This year, the 10-day winter festival is taking place from February 15th-24th, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Before delving into what is in store for this year’s event, let’s take a look back at how this beloved winter festival became what it is …

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Explore-Abilities Morning: Making The Children’s Museum More Accessible

In All Posts, Education by Libby CatalanoLeave a Comment

Going to one of Winnipeg’s many museums is a wonderful activity for families—especially during the winter! The Manitoba Children’s Museum is working hard to ensure that all children can take part in all the fun that the museum offers. The Children’s Museum, along with community partners including the Autism Learning Centre, Autism Manitoba, On the Spectrum Occupational Therapy, and families in the community, work together to understand the types of resources will that will make the museum more accessible. As …

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Voices of Winnipeg: The Biggest Human Rights Issues of 2019

In All Posts, Environment, Gender, Indigenous, Poverty, Refugees & Citizenship, Uncategorized by Mia Ryder-MarksLeave a Comment

We heartily believe that Winnipeg is the human rights capital of Canada. Entering into the new year, we wanted to see what Winnipeggers think are the biggest human rights issues of 2019. I headed downtown and chatted with several people – here’s what they had to say!   Indigenous Rights Many people responded to my question with a persistent Canadian human rights issue: Indigenous rights. Winnipeggers demonstrated their commitment to taking action on Indigenous rights earlier this year when hundreds …

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Let’s Talk About It: Mental Health Resources

In All Posts, Health by Skylar SmallacombeLeave a Comment

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being, and relates to how we think, how we react to situations, how we interact socially, and how we make choices. As our mental health as adults can be impacted by events that happened to us when we were younger, it’s important to educate our youth about mental health and the importance of talking about these issues.   Let’s Talk About It Stigma relating to mental health can be separated into two …

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10 Local Human Rights Books to Read in 2019

In All Posts, Education by Callum Goulet-KilgourLeave a Comment

Looking for books to add to your 2019 reading lists? These 10 Manitoba-focused human rights books encompass many broad themes such as immigration, healthcare, labour, and veterans. Winnipeg General Strike Centenary Magnificent Fight by Dennis Lewycky – Fernwood Publishing, Forthcoming April 2019 As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, Magnificent Fight provides a thorough historical account of the biggest and longest general strike in Canadian history. Economic, social, and political factors are analyzed as Lewycky recreates this …

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Wet’suwet’en Pipeline Conflict – Consent? Rule of Law?

In All Posts, Indigenous, Politics by Emelia FournierLeave a Comment

On January 7, the RCMP arrested 14 people at the Gidimt’en camp in Northern BC. The RCMP was acting on a court injunction granting Coastal GasLink workers access to a road and bridge to continue the construction of a pipeline central to the $40-billion LNG project run by TransCanada Corp (now known as TC Energy). The recent Wet’suwet’en pipeline conflict emerged as members of the Wet’suwet’en community prevented Coastal GasLink workers from passing through this area, citing the lack of …

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10 Winnipeg Businesses That Give Back to Help Others

In All Posts, Poverty, Uncategorized by Reid Kotschorek

While Winnipeg is known to be a generous city and socially conscious hub with countless non-profit organizations doing amazing work, the role of businesses in the development of human rights in our city is often overlooked. We’ve put together a list of ten local businesses looking beyond profit to promote a better future. 1. Parlour Coffee’s Partnership with Main Street Project For most of 2018, Parlour partnered with Main Street Project. After the central coffee shop was shook by a …

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Low-Income Bus Pass: An Economical Change to Public Transit

In All Posts, Politics, Poverty by Libby Catalano1 Comment

Many Winnipeggers rely on public transit as their everyday mode of transportation. Some may choose to take the bus to help the environment, while others may not have access to a car. Many other commuters may opt for the bus to avoid dealing with the stresses of parking downtown. Although public transportation is a vital component of our city’s infrastructure, some Winnipeggers struggle to afford this service. The 2017 Fare Hike Winnipeg’s bus fare increased dramatically last January, with the …

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The Face of Change: Canada’s New $10 Bill a Win for Human Rights

In All Posts, Gender by Emma Joyal

Last month, Canada’s brand new $10 bill was released, which, in addition to being our country’s first vertical banknote, also acts as a monumental proponent of human rights in Canada – in more ways than one! First, one side of the bill features the face of Viola Desmond, making her the first Canadian woman to be featured on one of our circulating banknotes. Viola Desmond was a civil rights and social justice pioneer who fought for the rights of Black …

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Non-citizen vote in municipal elections – a possibility for Winnipeg residents?

In All Posts, Politics, Refugees & Citizenship by Valeria Castellanos

The board of trustees of the largest school division in Winnipeg recently agreed to support the right of non-citizens to vote in municipal elections in Manitoba. In a November 19 board meeting, Mark Wasyliw, Winnipeg School Division trustee for Ward 3, brought forward a proposal to allow all Winnipeg School Division residents to vote in municipal and school board elections, regardless of citizenship. In an interview with radio station 680 CJOB, Wasyliw expressed the need to push for these electoral …

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Dereliction of Duty: The Province of Manitoba’s Response to the Climate Crisis

In All Posts, Environment, Politics by Callum Goulet-Kilgour

As world leaders and experts gather in Poland today for the start of COP24 (the bi-annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change), Canadians should examine the progress of our federal and provincial efforts to combat climate change. In Canada, the past few years have seen a steady decline from the restored hope after Justin Trudeau declared that “Canada is back” at the Paris Climate Talks and the world came together to sign  the Paris Agreement in 2015 to a recent …

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“Merry Christmas” or “Happy holidays”?

In All Posts, Religion by Skylar Smallacombe

Over the last several years, there has been ample debate about which holiday greeting should be used. Is it still acceptable to say “Merry Christmas”, or should one stick to the universally acceptable “Happy Holidays”? Winnipeg is a diverse city with many cultures that come together to celebrate their religious beliefs, customs, and traditions! In addition to Christmas, people may also be celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Some Winnipeggers may have celebrated holidays earlier in the year, such as Eid, and …

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Orange the World: Eliminating Violence Against Women

In All Posts, Gender by Mia Ryder-Marks

Violence against women has historically been—and continues to be—a large human rights issue around the world. In response, the United Nations has declared November 25th to be marked annually as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against women – a day to focus on ending this violence against women and girls by calling on global citizens to take progressive actions at local, national, and international levels. Orange is the official colour of this monumental day, marking it as …

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Stella’s Not-So-Hidden Secret: Allegations of Harassment, Discrimination & Unfair Labour Practices

In All Posts, Education by Emelia Fournier

Popular Winnipeg restaurant chain Stella’s has recently come under fire on Instagram over allegations of sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, and unfair labour practices. Over the last few days, an Instagram account (@notmystellas) has been sharing stories of former and current Stella’s employees. Three former Stella’s employees, Christina Hajjar, 27, Kelsey Wade, 22, and Amanda Murdock, 36, met with the press on Saturday afternoon. The women contextualized their role as representatives for the group of current and past Stella’s employees making …

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Apply now for Canada’s first Master of Human Rights program!

In All Posts, Education by Centre for Human Rights Research

The University of Manitoba is pleased to announce the first Master of Human Rights (MHR) graduate degree program to be offered in Canada. This interdisciplinary professional program will train students both practically and academically for careers in human rights work, in collaboration with the faculties of Arts, Education, and Social Work and the Centre for Human Rights Research, the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice in St. Paul’s College, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Dr. …

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War Child Canada: Make ________, Not War

In All Posts, Education by Christie McLeod

By: Stephanie Scott Winnipeg is a city full of human rights defenders and social activists. As one of three Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) Regional Representatives for War Child Canada, I am looking forward to spreading the news about War Child Canada’s work (and newest campaign) in and around Winnipeg! War Child Canada’s mission is to help children in war-affected communities reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity, and justice. War Child takes an active role in raising …

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What You Need to Know About Tomorrow’s Winnipeg Election

In All Posts, Politics by Reid Kotschorek

Tomorrow, October 24. 2018, Winnipeg will be holding a civic election for mayor, councilors, and trustees. We’ve outlined who the candidates are, and done an issue by issue stance to help you better understand how to cast your vote. The Candidates Brian Bowman – Former privacy lawyer and Winnipeg’s first Métis mayor is running for re-election after serving one term. Less than 3 months into his term, Winnipeg was declared Canada’s most racist city. Rather than denying the problem or becoming …

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Call for Human Rights Volunteers!

In All Posts, Uncategorized by Christie McLeod

Would you like to gain experience working in the human rights sector? The Human Rights Hub was launched in 2015 through an Emerging Leaders’ Fellowship granted to Christie McLeod and Global College by the Winnipeg Foundation. Since then, it’s become a recognized local platform for learning about human rights events and opportunities in Winnipeg! If you like writing… We’re looking for volunteers to join our team as bloggers! Each blogger will be responsible for contributing one post (of approx. 600-800 …

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Feature Organization: The Graffiti Gallery

In All Posts, Feature Organization by Daphne Weimar

We live in a world with so much creativity and passion. Unfortunately, however, there is unequal access to tools and guidance to help people achieve their creative goals. Art is a therapy, can help reform people, and can bring joy to others. The Graffiti Gallery, also known as Graffiti Art Programming Inc. or GAP, sees the power of art and has worked to help others learn how to use art in their life. 1. Tell us a bit about the Graffiti Gallery! How did …

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Sign Petition Asking Australian Government to Accept Processing Centre Refugees

In All Posts, Refugees & Citizenship by Emma Joyal

By: Emma Joyal  In August 2012, the Australian government introduced an “offshore detention regime” after an increase in asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat. This policy forces all asylum seekers who arrive by boat to be placed in refugee processing centres on the island of Nauru, as well as on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.  The conditions in these centres have detrimental effects on the well-being of the refugees. There have been numerous cases of physical and sexual …

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10 Things You Can Do to Stop Pipelines from Anywhere in Canada!

In All Posts, Environment, Politics by Christie McLeod

On May 29, 2018, the Federal government announced they would be purchasing Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline system for $4.5 billion, which includes both the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia and the expansion project to twin the pipeline. The government’s co-marketing arrangement with Kinder Morgan to find a third-party buyer ends today, leaving Canada as the new owner unless it can find a new buyer without Kinder Morgan’s help. Meanwhile, in the Prairies, Enbridge is moving ahead with …

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Blue-Green Algae Warnings Across North America, Can Lake Winnipeg Be Spared Dire Consequences?

In All Posts, Environment by Christie McLeod

By: Vicki Burns This article originally appeared on Vicki’s website, SaveLakeWinnipeg.org, and can be viewed here. Blue-green algae(cyanobacteria) is a growing threat in many areas around North America and this summer it seems to be getting an early start, likely due to hot temperatures. I receive news of blue-green algae every day via a Google Alert and recently these headlines popped up: “Toxic blue-green algae blooms’ long-term health effects need study, hospital CEO says” from Florida, where there is growing recognition …