Canadian Human Rights Commission
“Human Rights Defenders”
Indigenous Youth Engagement Workshop
The Canadian Human Rights Commission is partnering with the Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Management Association to host an Indigenous Youth Engagement Workshop on the topic of human rights awareness.
The workshop aims to introduce around 60 young participants to human rights concepts and laws and to encourage them to become “Human Rights Defenders” in their daily lives and communities. The attendees will have the opportunity to pilot the “Human Rights Defenders” game and to take part in other interactive activities.
To begin, former National Chief Ovide Mercredi will welcome the young participants by talking to them about the meaning of leadership. After lunch, a very special guest speaker, Ms. Tasha Spillet, will talk to the young audience about her own experiences and the importance of standing up for your rights. This will be followed by remarks from CAHRMA’s representative, Diane Carriere, who will explain how good human resource practices help to protect human rights.
At the end of the day, during the closing circle, the workshop hosts from the Canadian Human Rights Commission will seek input about human rights challenges from a youth perspective.
Word from the National Aboriginal Initiative’s Director – Sherri Helgason
I am very pleased to work with our colleagues at CAHRMA to host this workshop. I am looking forward to hearing from Indigenous youth as they help us to pilot the Human Rights Defenders game, and to listen to their perspective on human rights challenges and opportunities. Above all, I hope that we all learn from each other and enjoy the workshop.