The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law is hosting a birthday party for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which turns 30 this month.
The April 5 event will feature Manitobans whose lives have been changed by the entrenchment of constitutional rights. But the event will also examine some of the gaps in rights protection and the ongoing issues that prevent the full realization of the Charter’s promise.
- Yvonne Peters, a Winnipeg lawyer who practices human rights law. She has been active in the disability rights movement for over 30 years, even missing her sister’s 1980 wedding so she could partake in the first-ever disability rights protects on Parliament Hill.
- Chris Vogel and Richard North, a Winnipeg couple who got married in 1974 in the Unitarian Church in Winnipeg (the first same-sex marriage in Canada) and were pioneers and leaders for over 30 years in the battle for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
- Céleste McKay, a member of Manitoba’s Metis community with a background in social work and law. She has worked in the areas of human rights, policy, research and advocacy work, both nationally and internationally, primarily on behalf of Indigenous peoples’ organizations.
- Rénald Rémillard, a lawyer and a member of the Franco-Manitoban community who has been active in the promotion of minority language rights guaranteed in the Charter.
The event is presented by the Social Justice and Human Rights Research Project and the Centre for Human Rights Research.
What: 30 Years of Constitutional Rights in Canada: Celebrating Successes and Looking to the Future of Rights Advocacy
When: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Robson Hall, 224 Dysart Rd., main floor common room, Fort Garry Campus
For more information contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Or Debra Parkes, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, 204-474-9776.