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Inaugural community engagement summit inspires participants and brings new perspectives to the OHRC’s work

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November 10, 2017

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Toronto - At the first-ever OHRC Community Advisory Group Summit, on November 8 and 9, 2017, approximately 50 representatives from various communities across Ontario offered their expertise, lived experience and creativity to help the OHRC create a sustainable and transparent approach to community engagement.

“We know that the most effective way to build human rights accountability is to amplify the community’s concerns and bring their lived experiences to the forefront of our work,” said Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane. “When we do this, the OHRC can speak with a bolder voice – and the voices of the community are heard in a profound way.”

The OHRC created the Community Advisory Group to provide ongoing ideas and advice as it works to meet its strategic priorities in the areas of Indigenous reconciliation, criminal justice system, poverty, and education. The group was set up to start an ongoing, meaningful conversation between the OHRC and the many communities it serves.

The discussions focused on collaboration, partnerships and mutual support. Participants described the two-day Summit as “inspiring,” “energizing,” and “hopeful.”  Many participants felt it fostered greater solidarity and renewed optimism.

The OHRC will release a report on what we heard at the Summit, and will also release a community engagement strategy that reflects input from community partners.


Media contact:
Vanessa Tamburro
Senior Communications Advisor (Acting)
Ontario Human Rights Commission
416 314 4528 |