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2017 Human Rights Symposium: Beyond Labels
September 27 - September 28
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?