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Human Rights Action Week

e-dition - February 16, 2007

UWinnipeg Hosts Human Rights Action Week

The University of Winnipeg and Global College present Human Rights Action Week from Feb. 19 - 23 culminating with the Human Rights & Social Justice conference at UWinnipeg Feb. 23 - 25, 2007. The week-long schedule of events offers opportunities to become engaged in human rights issues, learn how each of us can make a difference and participate in positive change on a local, and global, level.

Monday, Feb. 19, 2007
Chantal Kreviazuk "Opportunity Fund" Benefit Concert
7:30 p.m.
Centennial Concert Hall
Tickets: $42.50 each, available at Ticketmaster or by calling 204.780.3333

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007
Film screening: "Meres Courages"
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Room 4M41 (4th Floor, Manitoba Hall, Room 41)
Free Admission
"Mothers Courage: Thriving Survivors" is a powerful NFB documentary on Rwandan women surviving violence experienced during genocide. The screening will be followed by a panel of local experts discussing violence against women during times of conflict. This event is sponsored by Global College, UNPAC, UWSA and Amnesty International.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007
Rights & Democracy UN Human Rights Council Case Study
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Pitcairn Learning Commons
NGO expert Muriel Smith will aid student in an activity to demonstrate the role and application of United Nations human rights conventions.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007
Society for Politics Students Benefit Concert
Featuring Alverstone, The Nods and Broken Halo
8:00 p.m.
Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street
Tickets: $6 in advance at UWSA Info Booth or Music Traders; $8 at the door
The Society for Politics Students is hosting a benefit concert in support of the Human Rights and Social Justice Conference. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to Welcome Place, a refugee support service.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007
Evening Panel Discussion

DAY 1 Residential School 103
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall
Free Admission
UWinnipeg's Aboriginal Student Services Centre, Aboriginal Governance Program, Education and Menno Simons College invite faculty, staff and students to join a discussion on the alternative dispute resolution system designed to address residential school survivor claims. Keynote speaker: Stan McKay; moderator: Dr. Brian Rice; panelists: Bill Gillis, United Church of Canada; Mike DeGagne, Aboriginal Healing Foundation; Representative Indian Residential Schools Reconciliation Canada; and Dennis Morrison, Traditional Teacher. Funded by Indian Residential Schools Rconcilation Canada

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007
Day-long gathering

DAY 2 Residential School 103 Elders Conversation
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2M70 (Second Floor, Manitoba Hall, Room 70)
Free Admission
UWinnipeg's Aboriginal Student Services Centre, Aboriginal Governance, Education and Menno Simons College invite faculty, staff and students to join a day of conversation and storytelling with six Elders sharing their history and experience of survival. Moderator: Stan McKay; Elders: Linda McEvoy, Gladys Cook, Art Shofley, Percy Bird, Flora Zaharia and Garry Robson.  Funded by Indian Residential Schools Reconciliation Canada

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007
High School Round Table: Human Rights & Social Justice 
UWinnipeg Collegiate hosts representatives from Manitoba High Schools Human Justice Programs
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room 1W40
Throughout the afternoon, students from Collegiate and from a number of Manitoba high school Social Justice programs will gather at UWinnipeg to develop a document on engaging youth in human rights issues for presentation at the Human Rights - Social Justice conference.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007
Bonnycastle Lecture: Bill Pace, World Federalist Movement 
"UN Reform - The Next Generation"
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall
Free Admission

Bill Pace is Executive Director of the Wold Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, a six decade old peace movement dedicated to promoting international democracy, global justice and the rule of the law. In this lecutre he will discuss how the NGO process creates change on an international level.

Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25, 2007
Human Rights and Social Justice: Setting the Agenda for the UN Human Rights Council

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