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Second annual Community Advisory Group summit shows the power of “working together as one”

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November 22, 2018

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Toronto - At the second annual OHRC Community Advisory Group Summit, on November 20 and 21, 2018, approximately 40 representatives serving diverse communities across Ontario offered their expertise, lived experience and insight on commitments made in the OHRC’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, Putting people and their rights at the centre.

This year’s theme was Ne-maam-mweh, an Ojibwe term that means “we are together as one.” A traditional knowledge-keeper from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation shared her wisdom throughout the two days.

The summit included discussion on a range of key human rights issues in Ontario, and three themes emerged:

  1. The rise in extremism and hate activity, both online and in many communities, is a pressing challenge that must be addressed.
  2. Protecting and promoting human rights are foundational to the rule of law and democracy.
  3. The OHRC must continue to actively protect the rights of all people across Ontario.

“This annual summit remains a vital opportunity for OHRC Commissioners and staff to hear directly from people who provide front-line services to vulnerable and marginalized communities,” said Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane. “The knowledge we gained will be reflected in our work to protect and advance human rights in Ontario.”

The OHRC will release a report on what we heard at the Summit.


Media contact:
Vanessa Tamburro
Issues and Media Relations Officer
Ontario Human Rights Commission