MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
(hereinafter referred to as “MOU”)

BETWEEN

CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
(hereinafter referred to as “CHRC”)

AND

MANITOBA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
(hereinafter referred to as “MHRC”)

AND

TREATY RELATIONS COMMISSION OF MANITOBA
(hereinafter referred to as “TRCM”)

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WHEREAS: The CHRC is Canada’s federal Human Rights institution. Created by Parliament, through the enactment of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Commission operates as an independent agency mandated to promote and protect the Human Rights within federal areas of jurisdiction, through dealing with discrimination disputes, development of knowledge and through prevention activities. The National Aboriginal Initiative (CHRC-NAI) is the division mandated to strengthen relations with First Nations and other Aboriginal stakeholders.

WHEREAS: The MHRC is the agency responsible for carrying out the provisions of The Human Rights Code, with a mandate to mediate and investigate complaints of discrimination, to refer matters to adjudication, to educate the public and to promote Human Rights.

WHEREAS: The TRCM is a neutral body created through a partnership between the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and Canada, with a mandate to strengthen, rebuild and enhance the Treaty relationship and mutual respect as envisaged by the Treaty parties.

WHEREAS: The CHRC-NAI, the MHRC and the TRCM share the perspective that all people should live in harmony based on knowledge and understanding of Human and Treaty Rights.

NOW THEREFORE, this MOU sets out the collaboration of the CHRC-NAI, the MHRC and the TRCM (hereafter referred to as ‘the parties’) the following:

PURPOSE: Mutually conscious of the need to provide an enhanced learning experience for all people living in Manitoba and Canada relative to Human and Treaty Rights, the parties desire to establish a relationship which will promote collaboration.

OBJECTIVES: To commit to an on-going dialogue and to establish a framework for collaboration to enhance and educate on Human and Treaty Rights through the use, in part, of the expertise of the parties. During the term of the MOU the following general forms of cooperation will be pursued:

  • Explore and implement opportunities for collaboration and support;
  • Promote and raise awareness of Treaty and the Treaty Relationship and federal, provincial and international Human Rights through various events or large gatherings, including being a source for information; and
  • Gather information and engage grassroots people in a broader discussion about Human and Treaty Rights.

RESOURCES: While each party shall bear the cost of its participation in the dialogue and negotiations, the parties agree to share resource information and pursue jointly and individually potential contributors who may assist in realizing the objectives of the MOU.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Ownership of intellectual property developed pursuant to this MOU and the mechanisms for protecting, publishing and commercially exploiting such intellectual property will be negotiated by the parties to the agreement.

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION: The parties shall not disclose any confidential information to any outside parties nor use any confidential information for any purpose other than required under this MOU, without the express consent of the other parties.

DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVES: Each party will designate a lead representative to engage in the dialogue and negotiations required to achieve the objectives defined in this MOU. The lead representatives will monitor their respective organizations regarding matters and activities relevant to the MOU.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: This MOU will become of full force and effect upon the signature of the parties and will remain in effect until such time as the objectives are achieved or by formal notice of termination by any party upon sixty (60) days prior written notice. This MOU can be modified at any time with the agreement of all three parties. This MOU is not intended to create any legally binding obligation nor is this MOU intended to affect or derogate from the powers of each organization under its respective legislation, nor to exclude collaboration with other agencies or institutions by the other parties.

COMMUNICATIONS AND PROMOTIONS: The parties will establish a communications protocol to ensure that any information released by one party that affects the other parties is reviewed and agreed to by the parties prior to its release.

NOTICES: Any notice, request, demands, consent or other communication provided or permitted hereunder shall be in writing by letter or electronic correspondence and any notice so given pursuant to this MOU shall make specific reference to this MOU.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned have signed this Memorandum of Understanding at Red River College – Princess Street Campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba on this 27th day of April, 2010.

David Langtry,
Deputy Chief Commissioner
Canadian Human Rights Commission

Jerry Woods,
Chair
Manitoba Human Rights Commission

Dennis White Bird,
Treaty Commissioner
Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba