Alberta Human Rights Information Service March 1, 2011

Registration now open for national human rights conference

Registration is now open for the 2011 conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA). The Alberta Human Rights Commission is hosting this year's conference, titled Human Rights in Canada: New Realities, New Directions, from June 13 to June 15, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta. The conference will focus on new realities related to human rights, diversity and inclusion in Canada and on new directions in building discrimination-free, welcoming and inclusive communities, organizations and workplaces.

Interested individuals are encouraged to register by April 30, 2011 to benefit from the early bird registration rate. CASHRA 2011 also offers a special student rate as well as a reduced rate for non-profit organizations. One-day registration is also available. Register now for CASHRA 2011!

Program and speakers

The Commission is pleased to offer an extremely strong program with engaging topics and expert speakers and presenters from across the country. Speakers include: Chiefs of Canada's human rights commissions and their legal counsel; practicing human rights lawyers; judges; university professors and academics; community leaders from organizations involved in human rights work; representatives of municipal police services; and other dynamic presenters.

The conference offers four plenary keynote sessions and 22 break-out sessions on diverse topics. The concurrent sessions will comprise four streams, focusing on new realities and new directions related to: human rights law, resolution and adjudication, education and community engagement, and hate and bias incidents and crime. The hate and bias incidents and crime stream has been organized in partnership with the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership and the Calgary Police Service.

The full conference program is now available on the conference website.

Who should attend?

The Commission expects to host up to 250 participants representing organizations from across Canada who are interested in building welcoming, inclusive and discrimination-free communities and workplaces. In addition to welcoming staff and members of human rights commissions and lawyers practicing in the field of human rights, the Commission looks forward to welcoming a diverse range of participants who represent the interests of a wide variety of communities, including ethno-cultural groups, the Aboriginal community, persons with disabilities, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.

Professional development and accreditation opportunities

By attending the conference, members of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, the Alberta College of Social Workers and certain law societies are eligible to earn accreditation towards their respective professional designation or as part of their professional development plans. Visit [link to be created] for further details.

Post-conference education session, June 16, 2011

A full-day post-conference education session titled Conducting high-quality investigations will be delivered by Gareth Jones, a former director of major investigations at the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman's office, on June 16, 2011. You can read more about the post-conference session. 

Visit to learn more

For further information about the program, speakers, registration fees, accreditation, and to register for the conference, visit


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