Yvonne Peters guest speaker for Empower U webinar on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 1.00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

Join us for an Empower U webinar where participants will have the opportunity to engage with Yvonne Peters, who was a presenter at Empower U’s face to face workshop held in Winnipeg, Manitoba in October, 2019.  During her presentation, Yvonne will discuss key human rights advancements in Canada and explain how people with disabilities have combined law reform and litigation to remove barriers.  The webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 19th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST.  This webinar will be taking place in English.

Yvonne Peters will be leading Wednesday’s conversation. 

Yvonne Peters practiced human rights law in Winnipeg for over 30 years. During this time she served as legal counsel and advisor on a number of equality test cases involving disability rights and women’s rights. Yvonne is now retired but continues her human rights work as a volunteer with a number of community organizations. In the fall of 2018, Yvonne was appointed by the federal government to the Court Challenges Program of Canada Expert Panel on Human Rights.

Yvonne is the past Chairperson of the Accessibility Advisory Council in Manitoba.  She is also the past Chairperson of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission Board of Commissioners.

Date and Time for the Webinar:
Our fifth webinar is on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 1.00 pm to 2:00 pm EST. Captioning will be provided.

Register for the webinar here:
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Join the webinar by following this link:  Meeting ID: 119-496-434 (No password needed)
Optional teleconference: 1-647-558-0588
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Description of the Empower U Webinars: A series of ten webinars will offer training for people with disabilities who are willing to make a commitment to share their knowledge in their communities / organizations with their peers for the purpose of increased awareness of how to remedy discrimination using more familiar (Human Rights Codes) and newer instruments (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the CRPD's Optional Protocol to train other people to do likewise.

Webinars will be held every Wednesday at 1.00 pm EST from January 22 to March 25, 2020. Recordings will be available to participants after webinars.

Learning Objectives:
•To increase the number of Canadians with disabilities, particularly youth with disabilities and people with disabilities from ethno-cultural communities, who are knowledgeable about available human rights remedies to discrimination and how to access these remedies
• To increase capacity of Canadians with disabilities to share that knowledge with their peers so that more people across Canada (particularly with disabilities and multi-ethnic communities) will have the information necessary to navigate the systems where Canadians can seek redress from discrimination

Learning Outcomes: At the end of the training participants will have:
• In-depth knowledge of how to use United Nations Convention on The Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol, as well as Human Rights Codes and the Accessible Canada Act
• In-depth understanding of how to access and navigate the systems where Canadians with disabilities can seek redress from discrimination

About the Project:
The project Nothing About Us Without Us: Empower U, Learn to Access Your Disability Rights is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and implemented by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) in collaboration with the Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc. (CMDCI), Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO), the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) and the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS).