The Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) was established in 2012 to bring together people and organizations – both within and outside the University of Manitoba – to enhance interdisciplinary and collaborative research capacity, create richer training opportunities for students, and facilitate the fusion of research-driven knowledge, public policy and intellectual debate on issues related to human rights and social justice. The centre aims to facilitate research that is both academically rigorous and accessible to the public.
The inter-faculty initiative is supported by the deans of Arts, Law, Social Work and Education, but we work with researchers from many other faculties as well.
For details, see the CHRR constitution.
Human rights research and teaching was identified by the University of Manitoba as one of its strategic priorities, at a time when Winnipeg was preparing for the opening of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
The CHRR uses an intersectional lens to research and advocate for human rights and Indigenous sovereignty and resurgence. We work with researchers and communities inside and outside of the University of Manitoba to develop and foster a wide variety of research that is informed by social justice.
Current research focus
The CHRR has identified focus areas for inter-disciplinary human rights research:
- borders and human rights
- Indigenous peoples and human rights
- right to food and water
- sexual and reproductive rights