News Release: The Manitoba Human Rights Commission

March 14, 2013

Schools prepare for human rights rally

During the week of March 19 – 21, 2013, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission is sending staff to four northern schools to promote human rights and responsibilities. The Rights Rallies will take place in Thompson École Riverside School March 19, 2013 a.m. and Deerwood School Thompson, March 19, p.m.), Opaskwayak Oscar Lathlin School, Wednesday, March 20, 2013 a.m.), and The Pas École Scott Bateman Middle School, Thursday March 21, all day).

The workshops include "Scenes from a Hat' where students (with the appropriate props) act out a scene revolving around a human rights issue. Other students are asked to figure out what type of discrimination or harassment is taking place and what can be done about it.

The second workshop "What About Now" is a timely, interactive workshop about bullying and "drama" that can happen in the classroom, in sports, at work, online.

The Rights Rally Team will also be launching a new game called "The Rights Race". The combination of Angry Birds, Charades and Trivial Pursuit becomes a race around a life sized game board testing students' and teachers' human rights knowledge.

By the end of the week 400 grade 7 and 8 students will have participated in these spirited human rights rallies. The goal is to create a greater awareness of human rights and responsibilities among young people, to celebrate human rights achievements and to encourage students to plan human rights projects to eliminate discrimination and harassment.

For more information or to speak with one of the rally leaders please contact:

Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission
204-945-5112 (Direct Line)
1-888-8848681 (Toll Free)