Alberta Human Rights Information Service December 3, 2014


Human Rights Day is December 10, 2014: Human Rights 365

December 10, 2014 marks the United Nations' signing of theUniversal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. For the first time in history, the Declaration set out fundamental human rights to be universally protected and provided a common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.

Many advances have been made globally in human rights over the past 20 years in the areas of peace and security, human rights treaties, individual complaints mechanisms, human trafficking, and business and human rights, to name a few. Human rights achievements over the past two decades have included upholding the rights of women, people with disabilities, migrants, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, indigenous peoples and minorities.

This year's theme, Human Rights 365, celebrates the importance of human rights not only on Human Rights Day, but also throughout the year. Through six-second videos, which are called Vines, beginning with "Human rights matter 365 because .,"  the Human Rights 365 campaign aims to show the world that human rights must be celebrated and talked about 365 days a year. Vines can be shared on social media and will be released on Thunderclap as one message on December 10th.

In Alberta, we strive to ensure that diversity and inclusion are valued and human rights principles are reflected in our systems, policies, attitudes and behaviours. Visit the Commission's website for information about your rights and responsibilities under the Alberta Human Rights Act and the programs and services of the Commission. Human Rights Day events

University of Calgary International Human Rights Day (November 25, 2014)
The Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre hosted International Human Rights Day: Human Rights Education Program at the University of Calgary. The focused on human rights education in schools, including the release of a new educational resource, Respectful Me: Respectful You. Cassie Palamar, Director of Education and Engagement, Alberta Human Rights Commission, spoke about the importance of human rights education and the critical role that youth play in advancing human rights issues.

Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative (CUAI) Human Rights Day (December 10, 2014)
In recognition of Human Rights Day, the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative (CUAI) Human Rights and Health Domains will host an event called Racism and its Effects on Aboriginal Health. Dr. Cheryl Currie will make a presentation on how discrimination and racism affect Aboriginal people in urban settings as well as the global health impacts of racism. Mr. Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, will bring greetings on behalf of the Commission.

The Gall Conference (December 10, 2014) 
In memory of the late Gerald L. Gall, a distinguished professor, writer and lawyer who dedicated himself to the cause of human rights in Canada, this year'sGall Conference will examine children's rights with a focus on improving their well-being and ensuring the fulfillment of their rights. Mr. Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, will provide closing remarks at the conference.

Following the conference, the annual presentation of the Human Rights Awards will take place to honour individuals, groups and organizations who are working hard to promote human rights in Edmonton. Dr. Cindy Blackstock will deliver the keynote address, Reconciliation: The Children's Version, highlighting how children and young people are leading the movement for culturally based equity for First Nations children and their families. There will also be an evening performance by Jay Gilday.

Read more about these events as well as other events held throughout Alberta to celebrate Human Rights Day.


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