News Release: The Manitoba Human Rights Commission

April 2, 2013

Rights Race Game a fun and challenging way to learn human rights Samantha Nutt guest speaker: Flo sings Hateless

Middle school students in southern Manitoba will be learning about their human rights by playing a new game called The Rights Race at the Annual Manitoba Human Rights Youth Conferences.  The combination of Angry Birds and Trivial Pursuit becomes a race around a life sized board game, testing students’ and teachers’ human rights knowledge.

This year’s Commission’s youth conferences are called Action Changes Everything (ACE) and many inspiring workshops and guests will be on hand to encourage students to act on their rights and responsibilities.  The ACE conferences are in Winnipeg and Shilo.

Dr. Samantha Nutt, Founder/Executive Director of War Child Canada, is returning to the youth conferences as the keynote speaker. The last time Dr. Nutt addressed students at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission conferences was in 2008.

Also featured at the conference is Winnipeg pop-soul singer “Flo.”  Her performance will include “Hateless” a song with a strong anti-bullying message.

There are two workshops. In one, “Scenes from a Hat” 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 and online.

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 prevent discrimination and harassment.

The conferences will be held at CFB Shilo (General Strange Hall), Wednesday April 3, 2013 and in Winnipeg (Westdale Community Club, 550 Dale Blvd.) Thursday, April 4, 2013.  On-site registration is from 8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. The conferences run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

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