For Immediate Release:
December 8, 2008

Student Banner Unveiled

Students from across the province unveil huge human rights banner at the Legislative Building

Banner messages reveal youths’ commitment to human rights

On December 9th, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. over 200 students and teachers from across the province on will unveil their “Peace by Piece Banner” on the Grand Staircase of the Legislative Building. The celebration will take place following the Human Rights Commission’s Youth Conference that morning.

In the spring of 2008, students and teachers from across Manitoba attended the Manitoba Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Conferences in Winnipeg, Brandon and The Pas. The conferences were titled My World Your World Our World. Each school was provided with materials to make a “Peace Piece,” so that their human rights message could be added to those from across the province in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in December, 2008. Over 40 Manitoba schools contributed “Peace Pieces,” which makes this banner a very impressive size!

This Peace by Piece Banner symbolizes the commitment of youth in Manitoba to human rights today & tomorrow. The banner was constructed with the help of COR Enterprises Inc. and Ventures, organizations which work with adults with disabilities, and the Headingley Tailor Shop, all of whom played a vital role in the assembly of the banner.

Workplace and community human rights author and educator Stephen Hammond will address the students. His most recent book, Steps in the Rights Direction: 365 human rights celebrations and tragedies that inspired Canada and the world reveals interesting facts and history regarding human rights in Canada and around the world.

Deputy Minister of Justice Jeffrey Schnoor will bring greetings from the Government of Manitoba and Ms Susan Gilleshammer will bring greetings on behalf of teachers of Manitoba.

Noelle Patterson from Neelin High School in Brandon, Judy Leung from Elmwood Collegiate in Winnipeg and Erin Burrell from Margaret Barbour Collegiate in The Pas will speak on behalf of students.

After the unveiling, two schools will receive recognition for their extraordinary human rights efforts. The Peace by Piece Award will be presented to The Pas’s Margaret Barbour Collegiate and an honourable mention will be given to Winnipeg’s Elmwood Collegiate.

For more information, please contact
Patricia Knipe
Manitoba Human Rights Commission