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Beyond Labels: Human Rights Symposium
September 27, 2017 @ 8:00 AM - September 28, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Labels help define us and stay connected to who we are.
Canada’s human rights laws are based on formal grounds, or labels, that define our unique combination of characteristics – our gender, our religion, our disability, our sexual orientation, our race. These labels have been embraced by many as a call to action for groups who claim these identities. Yet more and more, people are rejecting these labels.
During this pivotal year – Canada 150, 40 years of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – we are asking participants: Is it time to focus on what unites us instead of what divides us?