For Immediate Release
April 21, 2008

Youth Conference in Brandon

Samantha Nutt of War Child Canada is keynote speaker at Human Rights Youth Conference in Brandon

Students get involved in the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Youth Conference

COR Enterprises and Headingley Tailor Shop help with banner project

Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder and executive director of War Child Canada will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Manitoba Human Rights “Our World, Your World, My World” Youth Conference in Brandon on April 25, 2008. Dr. Nutt will be speaking about her personal experiences with war affected children as well as talking to the high school students about how they can have an impact on human rights around the world. Dr. Nutt will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Extension Centre, 1129 Queen’s Avenue.

War Child Canada is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to providing urgently needed humanitarian assistance to war-affected children around the world. War Child Canada helps generate awareness, support and advocacy for children's rights everywhere.

Manitoba students attending the conference will also be embarking on a project in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The conference’s afternoon session “Peace by Piece” challenges students to take on the values and goals of the Universal Declaration. The students will be given one hour to work on a piece of material and design a personal message. Their message will be part of a larger banner. When assembled, the banner will be approximately a 24 by 24 foot circle, and delivered to the Manitoba Legislature on International Human Rights Day December 10, 2008. Students in the North, who attended a similar conference in The Pas during March, have completed their sections. A picture of one of the pieces from the northern conference is attached.

COR Enterprises in Brandon, which is a vocational training center for developmentally challenged adults, is helping with this project. COR Enterprises provides training, counseling and skill development through the manufacture of wooden children's & doll furniture, lawn furniture and decor, craft items, baby quilts, as well as janitorial and kitchen programs.

Also helping, are the inmates at the Headingley Correctional Centre Tailor Shop. They will be sewing the pieces together. Trades Instructor Polly Cook says that this type of project is a gift for both the giver and receiver. “The inmates that work in the shop are learning a useful skill that they take with them when they leave. Many have gone into their own business making star blankets,” she says.

This year’s conference workshops include: “Scenes from a Hat,” a skit based workshop dealing with discrimination and harassment and the rights and responsibilities of students; “Are You Smarter than a Human Rights officer,” a quiz based on human rights; and “Welcome to Friendly Manitoba,” an enlightening session with guest speakers about the issues faced by immigrant and refugee students.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Dr. Samantha Nutt, please contact:

Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission