2019 Human Rights Symposium - Rights of the Child
The HDSB’s annual Human Rights Symposium will be held on
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. This year’s theme focuses on the rights of the child. Read the full
2019 Human Rights Symposium - Rights of the Child news release.
Quick Event Details
Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
(3063 South Service Rd, Burlington)
Full Day Conference Cost: $250.00
If you require support with registration, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-335-3665 ext. 3354
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989 to protect the rights of children from discrimination, violence and neglect.
Michel Chikwanine is a peace advocate and former child soldier. His passion and belief in the possibility for change makes him a remarkable individual and humanitarian.
Stephen Lewis is a celebrated humanitarian and former United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. He is one of Canada’s most influential commentators on social affairs, international development and human rights.
Access to Justice, Changing our Legal Culture and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Presenter: Marvin ZukerThe Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
It is about changing our legal culture. It is about access to justice. It is about using a child rights based approach. It is about participatory rights and a child's best interests. It is about discrimination and violence and sexual exploitation. It is about child and youth protection. It is about conformity to our Charter and the Convention on the Rights of the Child and international law. It is about legal representation and Positive Human Development. It is about the right to be heard. In this session, learn the importance of protecting and defending children's rights.
Anishinaabe Kendaasowin - Learning to Centre Anishinaabe Ways of Knowing
Presenter: Julia PegahmagabowAkinoomoshin Wiigwam
Being able to speak anishinaabemowin (Ojibway language) with strong fluency is critical to a healthy anishinaabe identity. It holds everything anishinaabe needs to know about being anishinaabe, such as ways of knowing, ways of seeing, and how to relate. Learn how educators at akinoomoshin wiigwam are exploring how to centre anishinaabe kendaasowin (knowledge) in the learning environment, starting with anishinaabemowin immersion and working to reconcile our relationship with aki, or shkaakimiikwe, through land learning.
Are You Listening?
Presenter: Our Kids NetworkOur Kids Network
Children and youth have the right to have their opinions listened to and taken seriously. Adults learn the opinions of youths in many ways - in a survey, at a table, or online. Sometimes it’s loud and other times, the silence speaks volumes. Together, we can explore local data to determine what youth find important, and discover best practices for recruiting and retaining youth voice. Together, we’ll share barriers and successes and discover the one common thread to all meaningful youth engagement.
Defending the Right to a Childhood
Presenter: UNICEF Canada
Over the past 30 years, children’s lives have been transformed, but millions are still left behind and childhood is changing rapidly. UNICEF will discuss how the organization supports the rights of children; provides education; health care; nutrition and clean water while helping to give children and youth a voice to claim their rights.
Empowering a New Generation of Accessibility Champions
Presenter: Joel Dembe and Diane Talbot-SchoenhoffRick Hansen Foundation School Program
Join the Rick Hansen School Program for a highly interactive workshop on improving student well-being by building disability awareness, inclusion and citizenship skills in your classroom. At the end of this workshop you will walk away with ready-made resources and practical activities you can take into your classrooms immediately.
Our resources raise students’ understanding of the potential of people with physical, visual and hearing disabilities, and empower all students to become difference makers in their school and community. They support a culture of inclusion, where all students accept differences and are best positioned to succeed.
Come find out how the Rick Hansen School Program’s free lessons and resources, as well as inspirational speakers like Joel Dembe, Rick Hansen Ambassador, TED Talk Speaker and Canadian professional wheelchair tennis champion, can be used in your school to Inspire, Engage and Include, while supporting Provincial Educational Priorities and meeting your organization's social responsibility and inclusion goals at the same time.
Empowering Parents to Support Their Children
Presenter: Sara Cumming, PhDHome Suite Hope
Home Suite Hope empowers their participants by changing the patterns of poverty to a legacy of prosperity through education, economic opportunities and bridging the gender pay gap through a transformative and innovative wraparound approach to poverty reduction. Sara Cumming (PhD), Executive Director of Home Suite Hope, grew up in a low-income, single mother-led household. She brings 20 years of research and her lived experience to engage participants in thinking of innovative approaches to supporting children.
First Nations, Inuit & Métis Children in Care
Presenter: Nancy RoweMississaugas of the Credit First Nation
The current realities facing First Nations, Inuit and Métis children in care has been described as a humanitarian crisis that must be immediately addressed. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children remain severely over-represented in foster care, at a rate of 52% of children in care despite making up 7% of the population. Through the Mocassin Project, Nancy and her team has raised awareness of this current crisis.This workshop will discuss the impacts of colonization, residential schools, the "millennial scoop", and other issues that have contributed to this crisis.
Kids have you beat? Did they eat?
Presenter: Tracy HusseyHalton Food For Thought
Food security is a fundamental human right. What is the evidence for and against universal and targeted food programs? How do we support this philosophy with policy and best practices in schools? Why should we support it? What does our school food landscape look like now and in the future, and what are the potential challenges we'll face in achieving the vision of “no student goes hungry at school"?
Right to Play: Protect; Educate and Empower
Presenter: Right to Play
An ambassador from Right to Play will discuss how they support the rights of children, globally and at home. Learn how this organization works to reduce HIV in Uganda, make the voices of girls heard in Mali, and support Indigenous youth in Canada through their Play Team.
Solving Child Poverty In Halton
Presenter: Ted HildebrandtCommunity Development of Halton
Community Development Halton works to eliminate Child Poverty in Halton by using research and collective impact strategies to raise awareness and focus debate. This workshop will present the current state of Child Poverty in Halton and motivate and encourage attendees to become part of the solution.
Special Olympics: The Revolution is Inclusion
Presenter: James NoronhaSpecial Olympics Ontario
For more than 50 years, Special Olympics has grown into the world's largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities, all enabled through the power of sport and play. Join James Noronha and the team from Special Olympics Ontario to learn about how to activate Special Olympics in your community and harness the energy of the Unified Sport movement to foster health, citizenship, dignity and identity for children of all abilities.
The Right to a Healthy Climate
Presenter: Lisa KohlerHalton Environmental Network
Have you heard of Greta Thunberg? The 16-year-old Climate Change Champion is engaging the world by asking leaders, influencers, and politicians why they're not acting on climate change and securing the future of the planet. Learn about the science behind climate change, hear the challenges, opportunities and the role we all have to effect positive change.
The Right of Youth to a Livable Planet
Presenter: Lisa KohlerHalton Environmental Network
Clean water, air and soil and a livable planet are basic human rights. The youth of our planet have the greatest stake in making sure this is a reality. A panel of young environmental organizers and activists will provoke and ignite attendees to take action on climate change. Learn how youth have taken action on climate change in their communities and be challenged and empowered to do your part.
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What is the Human Rights Symposium?
Human Rights is the work and responsibility of all members of society. The HDSB recognizes the importance of bringing education and community partners together to engage in vital conversations to challenge our thinking. The Human Rights Symposium provides an opportunity for educators and community partners to gather together to examine important issues impacted by equality and the human condition.
To learn more about the Human Rights Symposium, email
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2018 Human Rights Symposium: Indiginous Realities event recap.