FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2010

Commissions work together for the first time in Canada

The media is invited to a Signing Ceremony involving the partnership of three Commissions.

The Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Commission will forge a unique collaboration to raise awareness of Human and Treaty Rights in Manitoba. This is the first time in Canada that these groups have joined together in a partnership.

The first event organized by the new partners is a Think Tank titled Widokodadiwin - We All Work Together where community leaders have been invited to participate. Collectively the Commissions are interested in engaging First Nation and other Aboriginal groups in discussions relating to Human and Treaty Rights.

Treaty Commissioner Dennis White Bird indicates that the Treaties were made to create opportunities for all people in Manitoba. “It is essential in building our future that we all work together – Widokodadiwin. Understanding our Human Rights is a part of the Treaties. It is all of our responsibility to know them, live them and honour them. We are all equal in our differences”.

Chairperson of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission Jerry Woods is looking forward to the new partnership. “We have been raising awareness of human rights, responsibilities and protections in many communities and we are aware of the unique difficulties facing First Nations and other Aboriginal people. We are looking forward to suggestions from the community as to how we can do more to ensure their human rights are protected,” he says.

Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission David Langtry adds, “The situation currently faced by Aboriginal people in Canada is one of the most important human rights issues of today. By engaging in dialogue and encouraging collaboration, we are raising awareness of the Canadian Human Rights Act and advancing human rights for all Canadians.”

The media is invited to the Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding, which will take place at 10:00, April 27, 2010, at Red River College, Heritage Room, 160 Princess Street during the Widokodadiwin - We All Work Together Think Tank. Following the ceremony, there will be an opportunity to speak with Treaty Commissioner Dennis White Bird, Chairperson of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission Jerry Woods and Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission David Langtry.

The workshops at Widokodadiwin - We All Work Together are closed to the media. Interviews following the meeting may be arranged by request.

 

For more information please contact:
Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission
204.945.5112