Commission news archive 2016

Here you will find an archive of Commission news entries from 2016 that have previously been posted on the Commission's home page.


HUMAN RIGHTS DAY IS DECEMBER 10
(December 9, 2016)
Read about Human Rights Day in the December 9, 2016 special issue of the Commission newsletter.

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ALBERTA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
(October 2016)

The Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction recognizes organizations in all sectors (business, nonprofit, public and education) that embrace diversity in their workforce, encourage respect and inclusion, remove barriers to fair employment practices and eliminate discrimination in order to create welcoming and inclusive workplaces and communities.

Deadline for nominations is October 31, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Submit your online application now

COMMISSION OFFERS UPCOMING PUBLIC WORKSHOP AND FORUMS
Human Rights in the Workplace public workshop:
Edmonton: October 5, 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF OF THE COMMISSION AND TRIBUNALS RE: EID AL-FITR
(July 6, 2016)
"On this Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking of the Fast), which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, I would like to wish everyone a safe and peaceful day," says Mr. Robert Philp, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission.

"There has been an increase in hate crimes against Muslims in the last three years, including incidents of hate, prejudice and religious intolerance against Muslims in Alberta, such as Islamophobic graffiti in Calgary and Fort Saskatchewan and damage to a mosque in Cold Lake.
"Islamophobia or any kind of religious intolerance is not acceptable. Everyone should be able to participate in and contribute to the cultural, social, economic and political life of the province freely without discrimination.
"Alberta's human rights legislation, the Alberta Human Rights Act, protects against discrimination based on 15 grounds, including race, religious beliefs, ancestry and place of origin.
"The Commission supports a number of projects that address Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination directed at ethno-cultural and religious minorities. One of these projects being completed by immigrant- and refugee-serving agencies will develop educational tools and resources to prevent discrimination directed toward immigrant and refugee populations.
"We must remain committed to protecting our fundamental human rights and creating a society where all people are equal in dignity, rights and responsibilities."

MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF OF THE COMMISSION AND TRIBUNALS RE: THE ORLANDO MASS SHOOTING
(June 13, 2016)
"The Orlando tragedy, where 49 people were killed and 53 injured, was committed based on hatred and intolerance, which have no place in our society," says Mr. Robert Philp, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission.

"Alberta's human rights legislation, the Alberta Human Rights Act, protects against discrimination based on 15 grounds, including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

"Alberta is a province that values diversity and inclusion, and Albertans recognize the richness of life that is enhanced by our diversity. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community against hatred, intolerance and violence.

"We must remain committed to protecting our fundamental human rights and creating a society where all people are equal in dignity, rights and responsibilities."

COMMISSION RELEASES NEW INFORMATION SHEET: RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
(April 2016)
The Commission has developed a new information sheet to provide Albertans with information on religious beliefs as a protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act. Read the Religious Beliefs information sheet.

MARCH 21: INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
March 21 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. You can read about the day, the 2016 theme and a message from Mr. Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, in the March 21, 2016 special issue of the Commission newsletter.

UPCOMING WEBINARS, PUBLIC WORKSHOPS AND FORUMS
The Commission is offering various webinars, public workshops and forums relating to the workplace. You can read about the events in the February 10, 2016 special issue of the Commission newsletter.

Revised: January 17, 2017


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