Empower U Human Rights webinar: the role of Human Rights Commissions, March 11, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

Mark Your Calendars: Empower U webinar on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 1.00 pm to 2:00 pm EST to focus on the role of Human Rights Commissions

Join us for an Empower U webinar where participants will have the opportunity to find out more about the role of Human Rights Commissions in advancing human rights in Canada, at both the provincial and federal levels.  The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 11th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST.  This webinar will be taking place in English.

Tabitha Tranquilla, Acting Director, Policy, Research and International Division, Canadian Human Rights Commission

Tabatha Tranquilla is the Acting Director of the Policy, Research and International Division at the Canadian Human Rights Commission.  For a number of years, she has been the Manager of the Commission’s international program.  In that role, she has served as the Commission’s primary point of engagement with the United Nations, regional bodies, and the international network of national human rights institutions.  

Tabatha has represented the Commission before various United Nations bodies and has spoken at a number of domestic and international events on the role of national human rights institutions in monitoring the implementation of international human rights instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Promoting and Protecting Human Rights: The Role of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

In this presentation, you will learn more about the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and the work it does to promote and protect human rights in Canada.  You will also learn more about how to file a complaint of discrimination with the Commission, including what matters fall under federal jurisdiction and what you can expect from the process.

Veronica Joseph, Human Rights Officer (Mediator), Manitoba Human Rights Commission

Veronica Joseph is a mediator at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission with over 20 years of experience in mediation working with a wide variety of people from the courtroom to everyday life experiences.

Veronica has developed and facilitated workshops at the Victim Offender Mediation Association conference in Philadelphia, PA and closer to home, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has facilitated victim sensitivity workshops for Justice committees, as well as regularly facilitated Colour of Fear, a full day workshop addressing racism. 

Date and Time for the Webinar: Our seventh webinar is on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 1.00 pm to 2:00 pm EST. Captioning will be provided.
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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 for 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).