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March 08, 2024

Politics.PERIOD. A Panel on Menstrual Equity and Justice, in Honour of International Women’s Day.

Event Date: March 08, 2024
Event Location: 225 Architecture 2 building, University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus
Event Time: 10:30 - 12:30 pm

The Centre for Human Rights Research alongside Women’s Centre is excited to host an event in honour of International Women’s Day.

Politics. PERIOD. will include tabling from student groups and community organizations from 10:30-11:30am. 

Dr. Jen Gunter will open the event, sharing a few words from her new book “Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation” at 11:30am, followed by a panel discussion entitled Politics.PERIOD. Panelists include:

  • Christine Cyr, Associate Vice-President (Indigenous) – Students, Community and Cultural Integration, University of Manitoba 
  • Jelynn Dela Cruz, MLA Radisson
  • Victoria Romero, Research Assistant “Period Poverty and Equity, On Campus and Beyond” 
  • Dr. Lisa Smith, Coordinator of the Menstrual Cycle Research Group at Douglas College.

We are thrilled to collaborate with the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Architecture. This event was made possible by funding, in part, from the University of Manitoba Strategic Initiatives Support Fund.

Image of a pair of underwear on the floor. On the underwear is monopoly money, covered in what is meant to be red blood.
Money is Cheaper, PERIOD. Artwork by Lauren C.

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May 28, 2024

Water + Climate Justice: Advancing intersectional approaches

Event Date: May 28, 2024
Event Location: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Event Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM CDT

CHRR is pleased to support “Water and Climate Justice: Advancing intersectional approaches.” The free public event will take place at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024, in the MTS Classrooms at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Elder Charlotte Nolin, Elder in Residence, Ongomiizwin, University of Manitoba will open the event. Dr. Nicole J. Wilson will chair the event. Panelists include:

  • Elder Sherry Copenace, Ojibways of Onigaming, University of Manitoba
  • Aimée Craft, University of Ottawa
  • Colleen James, Carcross/Tagish First Nation
  • Deborah McGregor, York University
  • Teresa Montoya, The University of Chicago
  • Megan Mills-Novoa, University of California, Berkeley
  • Sameer H. Shah, University of Washington.
Aerial view of the Forks of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers in Treaty 1 with a green overlay
The Forks of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers

For information on getting to the CMHR, please click here! ASL interpretation will be available. Should you have any additional accessibility needs, please contact chrrman@umanitoba.ca.

The event is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and partners including the Centre for Human Rights Research, Decolonizing Water, HWISE-RCN, Program on Water Governance, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources.

Aerial view of the Forks of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers in Treaty 1 with a green overlay

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February 28, 2024

Solidarities Connections with Palestine Event

Event Date: February 28, 2024
Event Location: Virtual
Event Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM CST

The Centre for Human Rights Research is honoured to welcome on conversation:

  • Leah Gazan, MP for Winnipeg Centre
  • Alex Neve, University of Ottawa
  • Harold Shuster, Independent Jewish Voices — Winnipeg
  • Youcef Soufi, PhD, University of Toronto
  • Ethel Tungohan, PhD, York University

Resources

Read CHRR’s blog on Solidarities and Connections: https://chrr.info/solidarities-connections-with-palestine/

"Wāpikwanīya (Flowers)"- a digital illustration. It features an arrangement of flowers positioned at the base of the composition, set against a backdrop of tall prairie grass and sky.

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May 02, 2024

An Event in Honour of Red Dress Day with Cambria Harris

Event Date: May 02, 2024
Event Location: 108 St. John's College, University of Manitoba
Event Time: 12:30 pm

On Thursday, May 2nd, 2024, Indigenous Engagement and Communications, the Department of Indigenous Studies, the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund (Women’s and Gender Studies) and the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba were honoured to host Cambria Harris for an event in honour of the National MMIWG2S+ Awareness Day, or Red Dress Day. 

Community created art piece in the shape of a heart
Sisters in Strength
Installation by Women participating in the 1st Annual Sister in Strength Wellness Retreat.
This heart puzzle collage was made by women participating in the 1st Annual Sister in Strength Wellness Retreat held in October 2017 at Sta’sailes Healing Lodge. Available at: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/artists/heart-puzzle-collage/

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) provides information on the significance of National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Peoples, or Red Dress Day. Read more here!

The event was free and open to the public and all members of the UM Community. For information on getting to the University of Manitoba, click here! Lunch was provided by Daily Bread Cafe, made possible by the financial support of the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund.

In lieu of a registration fee, please consider donating to an Indigenous-led organization working with MMIWG2S+.

Image of Heart Collage for MMIWG2S+

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February 05, 2024

Methods + Mediums: A Workshop on Open Access Publishing and Open Scholarship

Event Date: February 05, 2024
Event Location: 307 Tier Building, University of Manitoba
Event Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm

CHRR’s Methods + Mediums in Human Rights Workshop Series returns! Join the CHRR to learn about the benefits and logistics involved in publishing open access, and the world of open scholarship. We look forward to welcoming, and learning from:

  • What is Open Scholarship and what does it mean to publish open access? with Victoria Ho, University of Manitoba Libraries and John Bryans, University of Manitoba Libraries
  • What do publishers look for in Open Access work? with David Larsen, University of Manitoba Press.

Register now!

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January 26, 2024

Period Poverty and Equity: Button Making Workshop

Event Date: January 26, 2024
Event Location: 108 St. John’s College, University of Manitoba

“The Period Poverty and Equity, On Campus and Beyond” research team and the Centre for Human Rights Research (University of Manitoba) look forward to welcoming you to a Button-making Workshop for menstrual justice.

The workshop will feature Ariel Gordon (she/her), a Winnipeg/Treaty 1 territory-based writer, editor, and enthusiast. Ariel is the co-editor, with Rosanna Deerchild and Tanis MacDonald, of the anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our age (Fontenac House, 2018). Including more than 100 women and nonbinary writers from Canada and around the world, GUSH takes apart the bloody instruction of menstruation: its cultures, its lessons, its equipment, and its lexicon.

menstrual products cartoon
Gush: Menstrual manifestos for our times book cover

Bring your artwork and designs, or create some at our workshop. All supplies will be provided. We look forward to welcoming ArtsJunktion to facilitate the event.

In order to ensure we have enough supplies, registration is required. Register now!

Menstrual products for all button

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October 26, 2023

Book Launch: Messy Ethics in Human Rights Work

Event Date: October 26, 2023
Event Location: McNally Robinson Grant Park

On Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 7pm, the Centre for Human Rights Research is pleased to present the launch of Messy Ethics in Human Rights Work featuring co-editors Neil BilottaChristina Clark-KazakMaritza Felices-Luna, and CHRR Research Affiliates Shayna Plaut and Lara Rosenoff Gauvin.

The launch will take place at McNally Robinson Grant Park.

Live streaming will also be available through McNally Robinson’s YouTube channel here.

Messy Ethics

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October 25, 2023

Islamophobia and Colonial Violence: Solidarity and Civil Resistance in Post-9/11 Manitoba

Event Date: October 25, 2023
Event Location: Room 108 St. John’s College, University of Manitoba

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 1pm, CHRR will host Dr. Youcef Soufi who will present a seminar on “Islamophobia and Colonial Violence: Solidarity and Civil Resistance in Post-9/11 Manitoba.”

Dr. Youcef Soufi is a Research Associate with the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto, where he led an international working group funded by the Connaught Global Challenge Foundation studying anti-Muslim racism within Western societies. He is an expert in the history of Islamic law and his first book, The Rise of Critical Islam: 10th-13th Century Legal Debate (Oxford University Press 2023), pushes back against secularist assumptions that Islam and critical speech are inherently at odds. His recent publications analyze North American Muslim communities’ responses to anti-Muslim racism in the aftermath of 9/11. He is a contributor to the volume Systemic Islamophobia in Canada, published by the University of Toronto Press earlier this year and his forthcoming book tentatively titled On the Outskirts of Empire: Radicalization and State Surveillance on the Canadian Prairies will be published with NYU Press in 2024. Dr. Soufi is a former faculty member of the University of British Columbia’s Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Department, responsible for the department’s Islamic Studies program, and the former Chair of the Canadian Association for the Study of Islam and Muslims (CASIM).  

The free talk will take place in Room 108 St. John’s College, University of Manitoba from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT.

Dr. Youcef Soufi

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November 28, 2023

Innocents Behind Bars: Systemic Racism and Wrongful Convictions

Event Date: November 28, 2023
Event Location: Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Centre for Human Rights Research (University of Manitoba), and the Faculty of Law (University of Manitoba) co-organized and sponsored a public event on November 28, 2023 “Innocents Behind Bars: Systemic Racism and Wrongful Convictions.” There were over 125 people in attendance, as well as 25 people joining online.

The panel brought together leaders of the police torture justice/reparations movement in Chicago, into conversation with those working on demanding justice for Indigenous and racialized peoples wrongly imprisoned here in Canada.This event is inspired by the July 2023 release of Allan Woodhouse and Brian Anderson who were wrongfully imprisoned for a murder they did not commit and spent almost fifty years fighting to clear their names. Brian Anderson and members of his family were in attendance and Allan Woodhouse was able to join virtually.

We were honoured to welcome:

  • Amanda Carling, CEO, BC First Nations Justice Council
  • James Lockyer, Founding Director, Innocence Canada
  • Alice Kim, Director of Human Rights Practice, Centre for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture
  • Gregory Banks, Torture Survivor and Learning Fellow, Chicago Torture Justice Center (joining virtually)
  • Facilitated by Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, Indigenous Studies, University of Manitoba
  • Opening remarks from Elder Robert Greene, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

We hope this event will encourage a rethinking about the intersections of racism, policing, wrongful convictions, and the prison system throughout Turtle Island, and urge us to consider alternatives to how we understand safety and justice for all.

Resources

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/ZWMDvs3kTN0

Download the Graphic Recording: https://chrr.info/resource/innocents-behind-bars-systemic-racism-and-wrongful-convictions/


The art featured in this event poster is titled “Hummingbird” (2015), and is an unfinished painting by Peter Collins, that he was working on in the final days of his life. Peter Collins was a Canadian artist and activist who was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 22. During his time various prisons around Kingston, Ontario, Peter was an ardent activist for those living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in prisons. He was a tireless advocate for reform calling attention to systemic racism and injustice, both inside and outside the prison environment, through his artwork and writings. Denied compassionate leave to spend the end of his life with friends and family, Peter died in prison at the age of 53. For more about Peter and his art, please see Lockdown Galleries: Art and Voice of Peter Collins. © Robert Collins

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October 06, 2023

An Event in honour of the Provincial Day of Awareness & Education and the National Day of Action for MMIWG2S+

Event Date: October 06, 2023

Speakers:

Dr. Karine Duhamel

Dawn Chartrand, Laughing Yoga Instructor

On October 6, 2023, Indigenous Engagement and Communications and the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba for an event in honour of the Provincial Day of Awareness & Education and the National Day of Action for MMIWG2S+ (which is held annually on October 4). The free event included a talk by Dr. Karine Duhamel on “She is Sacred: Reflections on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.” After a health break, the group participated in a Laughing Yoga Workshop with Dawn Chatrand who advocates for laughter as a form of medicine.

A community art piece in the style of a star blanket, created by Jessica Slater.
This Community Art Piece is a mosaic in the style of a Star Blanket with each of its 128 tiles painted by survivors and families of MMIWG during the Vancouver Community Hearings. The activity was led by Jessica Slater, a Cree artist, and was made at Saa-ust Centre in Vancouver which was a pop-up location for Statement Gathering during the Hearings. Available at: www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/artists/community-art-piece/

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Watch the video: (still in production)

Installation by Jessica Slater and survivors and families of MMIWG during the Vancouver Community Hearing

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