News Release: The Manitoba Human Rights Commission

June 15, 2012

Human Rights Conference in Winnipeg once every 10 years

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission is pleased to be hosting the 2012 Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) Conference, June 17 – 19, 2012.   The theme of the conference is Are we there yet?

Delegates from Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Newfoundland, Nunavut, The Yukon and the Northwest Territories will begin to arrive in Winnipeg on Sunday June 17, 2012. 

The two day conference will feature human rights workers, advocates and leaders from across Canada.  Keynote speaker Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder and Executive Director of War Child will be Monday morning’s keynote speaker.

Other speakers at the conference include Cindy Blackstock, the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; Dianna Evangeline whose human rights complaint resulted in a 1989 landmark decision by The Supreme Court of Canada that defined harassment as discrimination; the authors of 2012 Report Accommodation in the 21stCentury Gwen Brodsky, Shelagh Day and Yvonne Peters; and Nene Kwasi Kafele whose work focuses on the psychological and emotional impact of stressors like violence, racism, poverty and social exclusion.

Session topics at the conference include Current Challenges to Accommodating Mental Health Disabilities; Persistent Disadvantage: Addressing Social and Economic Rights; and Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Visit the conference website at

Reporter accreditation is available or for further information call:

Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission