Human Rights and Resistance in 2021

December 10, 2021

Dr. Idris Elbakri, Leah Gazan, Isha Khan, Breanne Lavallee-Heckert, Louise Simbandumwe

For the first time, the Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) commemorated Human Rights Day (December 10th) with a community-generated discussion on Human Rights and Resistance in 2021.Moderated by the CHRR’s Director, Dr. Adele Perry, special guests Dr. Idris El Bakri, Leah Gazan, Isha Khan, Breanne Lavallee-Heckert and Louise Simbandumwe fielded questions submitted by the community — and one another. The conversation included: The most urgent human rights issues for 2022, promising avenues for Indigenous and Newcomer solidarity, joy as an act of resistance and the centrality of resistance in making change, the false distinction between Indigenous rights and human rights and the importance of understanding rights and responsibilities in the context of relationships, and so much more. Given all the events of this year, the discussion was timely and powerful bridging action and reflection, reclaiming and hope. The CHRR was honoured and privileged to serve as a host.