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.

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.

Guiding Principles

Ensure that research and programs reflect an understanding of intersectionality.

Continue and expand work on Indigenous rights.

Consider local and international human rights issues.

Ensure that research and programs take a critical perspective that does not reproduce the liberal rights order, reinforce social privileges, or use human rights as an unproblematized universal term.

Prioritize accessibility of programs and research outputs.

Support research that contributes to social change.

Speak against misogyny, racism, and ableism and advocate for inclusion.

Keep CHRR processes simple and accessible.

Funding provided in part by

Manitoba Government

In 2023, the Centre for Human Rights Research was the recipient of a Manitoba Accessibility Fund grant. This grant has contributed to the re-development of the CHRR’s website, to remove barriers to human rights-based information and communications for the general public, policy makers, as well as for UM students, staff, and faculty. In particular, funding from the Manitoba Accessibility Fund was earmarked towards creating a virtual home for the many resources created by the CHRR and its affiliates.

Find more information on the Manitoba Accessibility Office here.


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Whether you are passionate about interdisciplinary human rights research, social justice programming, or student training and mentorship, the University of Manitoba offers opportunities to support the opportunities most important to you.