News Release: The Manitoba Human Rights Commission

April 13, 2012

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission youth
conferences showcase projects of middle year students

Projects include an anti-bullying video, an infomercial about the lack of
running water in northern communities and a Vow of Silence presentation

For the past ten years the Manitoba Human Rights Commission has hosted annual youth conferences for senior students. Things, however, are about to change.

"Teachers have often told us that students in the middle years would enjoy and benefit from our conferences and we have listened", says Jerry Woods, the Chairperson of the Manitoba Human Rights Board of Commissioners. As a result, for the first time the engaging and highly interactive youth conferences will be offered to students in grades 7, 8 and 9.

According to Mr. Woods, younger students are becoming more engaged in human rights than ever before and are involved in many human rights projects. The Y Rights Conference will reflect that growing involvement.   As well the popular workshops have been either re-designed for a younger audience or new ones added.

Students will also be given a chance to showcase their current human rights projects.  For example, student projects to be showcased in Shilo include a “Pay it Forward” project and a Vow of Silence presentation.  Students attending this conference are in the Westman part of the province.

The conference in Winnipeg will highlight projects including an anti-bullying video and an infomercial bringing awareness about the lack of running water on some northern communities.  Students from Winnipeg and as far away as The Pas will be participating.

The media is welcome to join us and celebrate the work of all these young students.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012  - C.F.B Shilo, Multi Purpose Training Facility, Building # C-106 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, April 19, 2012 – Winnipeg, Westdale Community Centre, 550 Dale Blvd
From 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission