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    juin 14, 2023

    Welcome to MARL Precious!

    My name is Precious Gauthier, and I am pursuing two undergraduate degrees at the University of Winnipeg. One degree in Biology and a second in English with a minor in Rhetoric, Writing and ...


    juin 14, 2023

    Welcome to MARL Michelle!

    Having lived in many countries, Canada has been a rather interesting experience. Seeing how many ways, no matter how subtle, there is a level of consideration for those who often are not in ...


    juin 14, 2023

    MARL’s new member. Welcome Claire!

    My name is Xiaoxia Li, and I go by the name of Claire. I come from China, and I am currently pursuing my Master of Human Rights degree at the University of Manitoba. ...


    avril 10, 2023

    Canadian High School Ethics Bowl

    Kelvin’s Team Socrates to compete in nationals, Rural team gets bragging rights Chances are, if you’re like me you‘ve never heard of an “Ethics Bowl” before today. At a very basic level, it’s ...


    octobre 30, 2022

    Angle of Reality by Justine Ramos

    Poverty is a global issue, and our judgement and stereotypes build walls that prevent us from moving forward. It’s heartbreaking to know that there are people, human beings just like anyone else, who ...


    octobre 29, 2022

    Lets Welcome Practicum Students Fall 2022

    Human rights are inherent to each and every person that work to protect and allow individuals the ability to participate within society with others on a level playing field, therefore, no matter the ...


    septembre 10, 2022

    BIPOC Advisory Committee Blogs

    ISHA KHANDELWAL It is necessary to uphold and protect human rights, especially for those who are unable to, because they ensure that we as a society are able to hold ourselves accountable for ...


    juin 23, 2022

    Learn more about MARL’s Practicum students 2022

    MARL’s New Children’s Program Coordinator, Sara Gibson  Sara is a human rights advocate excited to kickstart her non-profit career.   We are excited to welcome practicum student Sara Gibson (she/her) as MARL’s new Children’s ...


    mai 16, 2022

    Gaser (Bridge) by Izzeddin Hawamda

    Intro “Gaser” (which means Bridge in Arabic and Hebrew) is an interfaith dialogue group that works to promote awareness, dialogue, and empathy-building regarding Israel and Palestine. We began by doing speaking engagements and ...


    avril 21, 2022

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ LACK OF ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE IN MANITOBA

    INTRODUCTION Across Canada, universities and colleges send out recruiters to countries across the world to recruit students to study in Canada. These recruiters sell potential students’ stories of easy paths to permanent residency ...


    avril 21, 2022

    The Cost of Doing Things Differently

    In one of my elective graduate courses this past summer, our professor asked us to complete a very unconventional assignment. I call it unconventional, because, in my entire time as a student, even ...


    février 11, 2022

    Can the Canadian Charter give us Climate Justice?

    Introduction On November 26, 2019, a group of Ontarian youth and the climate justice organization Ecojustice announced a lawsuit against the provincial government for “tearing up the province’s climate laws and violating their ...


    Décembre 21, 2021

    Thank you, Fall 2021 Practicum Students

    This fall, we had the pleasure of welcoming practicums students from the Canadian Mennonite University, University of Winnipeg, Global College, and the University of Manitoba. These practicum students have completed various human rights ...


    octobre 21, 2021

    MARL’s NEW Executive Director, Dr. Sandra Krahn

    We are excited to welcome Sandra Krahn (she/her) as MARL’s new Executive Director!  Sandra is a Metis human rights educator with over 20 years of experience in educational organizations. As MARL’s new Executive ...


    septembre 2, 2021

    Bill 64: “The Education Modernization Act”

    What is Bill 64 ? Bill 64, also known as the “The Education Modernization Act,” was introduced toMantioba’s provincial parliament by the provincial government. The Education Modernization Act introduces a number of fundamental ...


    juillet 23, 2021

    My Last Day …

    I have recently decided to leave my role at MARL to pursue another opportunity. While I am excited about this change, it is also a bittersweet reflection of my time at MARL.  I ...


    juillet 2, 2021

    Bill 21: Targeting Racial and Religious Minorities in Canada

    What is Bill 21? Also known as laïcité or Quebec’s secularism bill, Bill 21 prohibits Quebec citizens who work in public service from wearing religious symbols while fulfilling their civic duties. Bill 21 ...


    mai 25, 2021

    Summer Practicum Students 2021: Leaders Ready to Contribute to Human Rights Education!

    MARL welcomes four incredible students to our team. Read to learn more about the fantastic addition to our team this summer. This summer, four students from the University of Winnipeg’s Global College and ...


    mai 24, 2021

    The Right to Strike: The Charter and Challenges

    Introduction With the recent collective action from workers at Amazon, and more locally Stella’s, strikes have been a hot topic on the minds of many. Labour rights and human rights have historical parallels ...


    mai 11, 2021

    La modernisation du droit de la famille au Manitoba : Quels sont les changements?

    Introduction Pendant les derniers cinq ans, le Gouvernement du Manitoba a fait des grands changements en ce qui concerne droit de la famille au Manitoba. Suivant la décision du cas de Dunford v ...


    avril 29, 2021

    What is Human Rights Education?

    In 1995, the United Nations recognized Human Rights Education (HRE) as “essential for the promotion and achievement of stable and harmonious relations among communities and for fostering mutual understanding, tolerance and peace”. More ...


    avril 27, 2021

    The Emergency Measures Act: Manitoba’s Legislative Response to COVID-19

    Over a year ago, on March 12, 2020, the COVID-19 virus was officially recognized as being present in Manitoba. Since then, Manitobans have been forced to live alongside the malevolent COVID-19 virus. In ...


    mars 26, 2021

    Bill 16: The Labour Relations Amendment Act

    Human rights and labour rights have a long history of intertwinement. The Labour Relations Act has an important purpose, to “promote orderly collective bargaining and there are a number of sections regulating the ...


    mars 15, 2021

    Manitoba High School Ethics Bowl 2021

    A Virtual Ethics Bowl! The 7th Manitoba High School Ethics Bowl was held on February 18th and 19th, 2021. A total of eight high schools participated on a virtual platform to discuss ethical ...


    février 25, 2021

    Anti-Racism Must Be Ongoing and Uncomfortable

    In response to recent and shocking acts of racism against an Indigenous woman from Winnipeg firefighters, the City of Winnipeg announced all city employees will undergo mandatory anti-racism training. In response, Niigaan Sinclair ...


    février 4, 2021

    What is The Manitoba Human Rights Commission?

    The Manitoba Human Rights Commission receives and investigates complaints regarding Human Rights Code violations in Manitoba. The independent Adjudication Panel then reviews the Commission’s investigation and may hold a hearing to determine whether ...


    janvier 18, 2021

    Human Rights and Remote Volunteering during a Pandemic

    “It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are already in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” ...


    janvier 7, 2021

    Virtual Ethics Café: Education in a Time of Uncertainty

    On November 26, 2020, MARL held a virtual Ethics Café discussing education during the COVID-19 pandemic. People young and old joined in on the conversation to contribute their thoughts and opinions. This is ...


    janvier 4, 2021

    Reflections on Human Rights Education in 2020

    I returned to my role after maternity leave as Executive Director at MARL in April 2020 – a time of peak uncertainty in the pandemic. At the time, no one knew if all ...


    Décembre 9, 2020

    Human Resources or Human Rights?

    In response to the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements, many community groups, schools, and organizations have been reminded of their responsibility to uphold anti-discriminatory values. Private workplaces are not exempt from this. ...


    Décembre 2, 2020

    Humanitarian and Poverty COVID Crisis Looms: Open Letter to Province of Manitoba

    Below are the contents of an open letter sent to Premier Pallister and Minister of Families Heather Stefanson on November 10th from Make Poverty History Manitoba.  There is broad consensus that COVID-19 disproportionately ...


    novembre 26, 2020

    Why Removing Statues of John A. Macdonald (and others) is Not Erasing History

    There are implications in honouring a historical person through naming a public building or erecting a statue. The significance is an indication of values: valuing the person’s historical role, valuing their contributions, and ...


    octobre 23, 2020

    Mi’kmaq Fishing Rights are Human Rights

    As we recently celebrated Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and, what has been historically known as Columbus Day in the United States, it is essential to acknowledge, learn from and reflect on historical and ...


    août 27, 2020

    Defunding the Police Yay or Nay?

    Introduction  The tragic death of George Floyd, a black male, sparked outrage around the world and began necessary conversions about police brutality and systemic racism. Although Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of ...


    juillet 22, 2020

    Virtual Ethics Café: COVID-19 & Racism (Part 3 of 3)

    Defunding/Disbanding the Police Question 3 : Recently, some activists have called on cities to defund or disband police departments and replace them with other public safety structures. Do you agree that the police ...


    juillet 21, 2020

    Virtual Ethics Café: COVID-19 & Racism (Part 2 of 3)

    First Nations Communities, Land Management, and Structural Racism  Question 2: Many First Nations communities have access to fewer doctors, don’t have food security, and have no access to safe drinking water. These inequalities ...


    juillet 20, 2020

    Virtual Ethics Café: COVID-19 & Racism (Part 1 of 3)

    MARL and the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba have conducted Ethics Cafés for several years. With the onset of COVID-19, our in-person event turned virtual to allow ...


    juillet 15, 2020

    MARL Welcomes This Year’s Education Program Intern; Cassie Dong

    Ha (Cassie) Dong is a graduate student from Vietnam, currently pursuing the Join M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. Her current research interests focus ...


    juillet 15, 2020

    MARL Welcomes This Year’s Communications Intern; Clèche Kokolo

    Clèche Kokolo is currently a full-time student at the University of Manitoba, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies. Through her years of involvement in the community, Clèche has developed a passion ...


    juin 9, 2020

    Statement on Black Lives Matter

    The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We believe critical conversations around racism here in Manitoba are but a starting point to unpack discomforts ...


    juin 2, 2020

    Manitobans: COVID-19 Doesn’t Discriminate. Nor Should You!

    In response to increasing COVID-19-related acts of racism, discrimination and xenophobia in Manitoba, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW) — together with several partnering organizations — launche its public awareness-building campaign, entitled: “Manitobans: COVID-19 Doesn’t ...


    avril 30, 2020

    Report on the Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) of Manitoba

    Report Introduction This paper is a brief overview and investigation of the Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) of Manitoba and the legislation which directs people under the care and committeeship of the PGT. ...


    avril 10, 2020

    What Future Do we Want?

    *This is an opinion paper, therefore the views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily reflect those of MARL. The beginning of this year presented itself ...


    février 24, 2020

    Canada’s History with Black History Month

    February, not only is it the second month of the New Year, we have holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Groundhog’s Day, and Louis Riel Day here in Manitoba. February though, is also the ...


    novembre 6, 2019

    Public Service Announcement: The Ethics of Democracy

    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Ethics Café: The Ethics of Democracy MARL RELEASE – 2019 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 6, 2019 WINNIPEG, MB – Please run the following public service announcement until November 29, ...


    octobre 9, 2019

    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)

    New studies suggest that the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) in the Canadian population is higher than previously thought. In fact, FASD may even be more prevalent than autism. As acknowledged ...


    août 12, 2019

    Navigating mental health issues in the workplace

    Navigating conversations about mental health issues can be complicated, especially in the workplace. The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s 2010 report  discovered that “the impact of mental health problems and illnesses [was] especially ...


    juillet 17, 2019

    Donation from J.H. Bruns Collegiate

    J.H. Bruns Collegiate was awarded a $20,000 prize from the Staples Superpower Your School contest for their work on environmental activism. To celebrate Earth Day, students in grade ten English class raised awareness of ...


    juillet 15, 2019

    Youth Activist Highlight: Cameron Adams

    Cameron Adams is the developer of the Swampy-Cree language app, a student of Indigenous studies at University of Winnipeg; his project looks to revitalize Indigenous languages showing his dedication to reconciliation. He also ...


    juin 12, 2019

    Does Canada’s ‘No-Fly list’ engage our Charter Rights?

    On September 11, 2001, the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City shocked the world. It revealed that the ease and accessibility of air travel gave individuals an opportunity to commit ...


    mai 1, 2019

    Canadian High School Ethics Bowl

    The First Canadian High School Ethics Bowl was hosted at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on April 25. Eight High Schools competed during the event discussing a range of moral and philosophical ...


    mars 26, 2019

    The Notwithstanding Clause’s History and Relevance Today

    What are some of the things that make us proud to be Canadian? Some might answer ‘free health care’ or ‘hockey’, especially for most Winnipeggers. One study from 2016 revealed that 17.1 million ...


    mars 6, 2019

    Anastasia Lin: Human Rights Advocate

    Anastasia Lin is a practitioner of Falun Gong a Chinese-Canadian actor, model, beauty pageant and Human Rights advocate. On February 28th, MARL and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights organized an event for ...


    février 25, 2019

    For all the People: The Unknown Impact of Bill 24 on Charter Rights

    We have all been made to feel powerless, despite the fact that we have more power than we realize. This can be especially true when our rights are being impacted on a grander ...


    janvier 28, 2019

    Activist Highlight: Tyler Blashko

    As an Assistant Director with Wayfinders Tyler works with people from diverse backgrounds. His work with students pushes for change, improvement and challenging the status quo. 1. How did your organization start?  Wayfinders, ...


    janvier 11, 2019

    The “Rule of Law” and Other Arguments in Support of the Wet’suwet’en Resistance

    From time immemorial, members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have tended to their lands and since the arrival of settlers they have resisted colonial control over their home. Two camps have been built ...


    janvier 9, 2019

    Annie Beach: Youth Human Rights Activist

    Annie Beach is a visual artist who has worked with Kenneth Lavallee on the Star Blanket Project and a mural at the Children’s Hospital, her art work reflects her commitment to support Indigenous ...


    Décembre 17, 2018

    Ethics Slam 2019!

    Up to six teams will have a chance to win over the audience and woo our panel of expert judges as they Slam on ethical questions ranging from current issues, hypothetical situations, and ...


    Décembre 13, 2018

    High School Ethics Bowl

    On December 12th, the 5th Annual Manitoba High School Ethics Bowl was held in partnership with Manitoba Education and the University of Manitoba Centre for Applied and Professional Ethics.  This collaborative and competitive ...


    novembre 26, 2018

    Impacts of Colonialism on Indigenous Children and Families in Manitoba

    Manitoba, much like Canada, has a long history of separating Indigenous children from their families. Stemming from colonial ideologies, this seeks to assimilate Indigenous populations and works against Indigenous sovereignty. Beginning with Residential ...


    novembre 16, 2018

    Toxicity in the Restaurant Sector: Harassment, Sexism, Safety

    This past week, Winnipeg restaurant chain Stella’s has been criticized for harassment of employees. Current and past employees say that the management has created a toxic environment where sexual harassment is acceptable. Furthermore, ...


    novembre 15, 2018

    Winnipeg’s History: Rooster Town

    Today, Winnipeg’s Grant Avenue is a typical almost-suburban street, home to Grant Park Shopping Mall and some chain restaurants. A century ago, the landscape was incredibly different. From the early 1900s-1960, what is ...


    octobre 25, 2018

    Geography and Experience: Shaping our Human Rights Education

    Learning is a lifelong process which everyone engages with through formal and informal means. We learn informally through our physical environment, personal and lived experience, family and friends, and personal interest. Formally, we ...


    octobre 22, 2018

    Impacts of Hydro on the Fabric of Northern Communities

    For decades, Manitoba Hydro has been negatively impacting Northern communities. Dating back to the 1960s, Hydro has been exploiting Indigenous land and contributing to the systematic oppression and abuse of Indigenous women and ...


    octobre 15, 2018

    The Right to Housing in the Manitoban Context

    In Manitoba, housing is an issue which impacts those who are most marginalized. Across the planet, housing is an issue which impacts those who are most marginalized. Housing is imperative to survival, and ...


    octobre 5, 2018

    The Accessibility of Portage and Main

    Winnipeg’s ongoing debate on the opening of Portage and Main has been of broad and current interest in the city. Winnipeg’s ongoing debate on the opening of Portage and Main has been of ...


    octobre 2, 2018

    Living Rights Then & Now: Indigenous Voting Rights

    Indigenous peoples in Canada have only been allowed to exercise this right for the past 58 years. As the civic election nears closer in Winnipeg, the city is abuzz with talk of mayoral ...


    juillet 13, 2018

    MARL Welcomes Four New Board Members!

    Community members with great talents in legal, policy, leadership, and finance join MARL team MARL is so pleased to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors: Sharon Bowcott, Trevor Oleniuk, Amy ...


    juillet 13, 2018

    Charter Rights for All – Stop Bill 24

    MARL helps kickoff campaign dedicated to protecting and promoting Charter rights for all Manitobans, including the most marginalized MARL, along with other concerned groups and individuals in Manitoba, strongly believes that Charter rights ...


    juin 22, 2018

    MARL 2017-2018 Annual Report

    Thanks so much to all who made it out to our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. To find out about all the amazing work MARL undertook in 2017-2018, please read ...


    mai 29, 2018

    Introducing the Canadian High School Ethics Bowl!

    A new opportunity for students to learn and practice the skills they need as global citizens. We are ecstatic to launch this new opportunity, the first of its kind in the nation! The ...


    mai 16, 2018

    Volunteer Position – Treasurer

    DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES We are looking for a Treasurer to join our volunteer Board of Directors! Interested in bringing your financial skills to help build our organization that envisions a society where diversity ...


    mars 20, 2018

    Journeys through Generations – MARL Human Rights Film Festival

    MARL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW Journeys through Generations: Indigenous Voices Saturday, March 24 | 3:30-5:00| Gas Station Arts Centre Four Faces of the Moon: a short film by Amanda Strong | 12:56 ...


    mars 16, 2018

    MARL Human Rights Film Festival – The Crown: Anastasia Lin

    MARL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW The Crown: Anastasia Lin Saturday, March 24 | 5:15-6:15 | Gas Station Arts Centre Film Rated G | 22 minutes | Documentary | Colour | 2017 Film ...


    mars 16, 2018

    Saturday Church – Human Rights Film Festival Feature Film

    Saturday, March 24 Feature Film – Saturday Church | 7:00-9:00 In partnership with Reel Pride Film Festival and QPOC Winnipeg. Saturday Church Rated PG-13 | 82 minutes | Talkback with QPOC Winnipeg following the film. Witness this exciting ...


    février 22, 2018

    Best of Manitoba Staycation Fundraiser is BACK!

    MARL’s Best of Manitoba Staycation Raffle is back and better than ever! This year you can win VIP passes to some of the best summer festivals and attractions Winnipeg has to offer! Buy ...


    janvier 22, 2018

    Ethics Slam 2018 – Thank You!

    Thanks to everyone who came out to the Annual Ethics Slam on Thursday, January 18th, including our competing teams, who all made some excellent discussion points, our judges, the fantastic and participatory audience, ...


    Décembre 22, 2017

    Congratulations to the High School Ethics Bowl participants!

    The annual High School Ethics Bowl was held on Friday, December 15, 2017, in partnership with Manitoba Education and the University of Manitoba Centre for Applied and Professional Ethics. It was a fantastic day ...


    Décembre 19, 2017

    Living Rights Then & Now: Women’s Right to Vote

    Welcome to Living Rights Then & Now: a MARL blog. The goal of this blog is to spread knowledge about the unique history of human rights struggle within the province of Manitoba, and ...


    novembre 28, 2017

    Giving Tuesday 2017

    Dear valued MARL supporter, The team at MARL is hard at work! We’re spreading human rights education within classrooms all over the province of Manitoba. We’re engaging with the general public through numerous ...


    novembre 9, 2017

    Youth Filmmaking Workshops

    Enter a youth team for the MARL M21 Film Festival! Want to Write, Film, or Star in your own Movie? Care about Social Justice and Human Rights Issues? In March 2018, the Manitoba ...


    novembre 9, 2017

    Living Rights Then & Now: The Winnipeg General Strike

    Welcome to Living Rights Then & Now: a MARL blog. The goal of this blog is to spread knowledge about the unique history of human rights struggle within the province of Manitoba, and ...


    octobre 24, 2017

    Human Rights Grades 1-6 Contest

    Submit a picture, paragraph or poem telling us why YOU believe human rights are important in Manitoba to hrc@gov.mb.ca. Deadline: November 1, 2017 at midnight. The Winner will be profiled in our event publications ...


    octobre 18, 2017

    Nominations Open for the Manitoba Human Rights Awards

    Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to human rights in Manitoba?  Do you know someone who has promoted respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Manitoba? Nominations must ...


    octobre 16, 2017

    New Logo, New Website, New MARL!

    Dear MARL supporter, As you may notice, the main colour has changed from blue to green. Green is the colour associated with energy, growth, renewal, harmony & youthfulness – all things we are collectively ...


    octobre 6, 2017

    Leaders In Human Rights – Michelle Falk

    Why is sharing human rights stories important?It’s important for everyone to take in a variety of perspectives and experiences. You might not realize, for example, if you’ve personally never dealt with sexism, how ...


    octobre 3, 2017

    Leaders In Human Rights – Lauren Milne

    Lauren Milne the recipient of the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award and currently pursuing law in North Dakota Why is sharing human rights stories important?Through the sharing of human rights stories people ...


    juillet 7, 2017

    Canada 150: A time for celebration or reconciliation?

    What does Canada Day mean to you? Is it a celebration of the county you take pride in calling your own? Or is it a day you denounce as meaningless and disrespectful to ...