April 1, 2010

Northern Students will add their voices to human rights messages

You are invited to see future script writers, directors and on air presenters in action.  The Manitoba Human Rights Commission’s 2010 Youth Conferences Class Action: Rights Here, Rights Now, to be held Thompson next week, will be offering high school students the opportunity to make human rights video public service announcements. 

A camera crew, courtesy of Shaw Cable in Thompson, will be assembled and during the afternoon activity session called Rights, Camera, Action! students will be conceptualizing, scripting, rehearsing, directing and recording their messages. 

The project follows the Commission’s recently released public service announcements that are currently being aired on local television stations. 

Students will be given a human rights topic, which will become the theme of their message.  They will be given less than an hour to work out a concept, to script and to rehearse their own public service announcements.  The Camera crew will be set up in a separate room to record their messages.  The PSA will be returned to the appropriate school to use as they wish; for their own human rights presentation or on the school website or on the Commission’s website.

Students involved in the on air presentation have signed release forms. 

The Class Action Rights Here Rights Now Human Rights Youth Conference will take place on Wednesday, April 8, 2010, with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m. the Juniper Centre, 108 Nelson Road. The conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 3:00 p.m.

The two morning workshops include Beyond the Buzz, about how the media shapes our lives and Rights = Responsibilities which is about understanding human rights protections.        

The Rights Camera Action session begins at 12:30 pm. 

An optional Meet & Greet fun evening will take place at RD Parker Collegiate in the evening of April 7, 2010, giving students and supervisors a chance to meet and mingle.  The Commission will also be hosting the MHRC’s exciting new game, RIGHTS in Jeopardy?


For more information please contact                          
Patricia Knipe                                                            
Communications Director                                             
Manitoba Human Rights Commission