Topic: Human Rights

Paved with Good Intentions

In his talk, Mark Abley will explore questions that continue to baffle a lot of Canadians. He emphasizes that he will not speak for Indigenous people — they are more than capable to doing that for themselves. Instead he will ask: how could well-meaning Canadians, fifty or a hundred years ago, be so blind as to the nature and impact of the schools? What did the government and the churches believe they were doing? How did they justify their actions, and do these justifications have some resonance for us in 2021?

Dismantling Racism

Dismantling racism first demands an acknowledgment of its existence and must go beyond ‘I understand my privilege.’ It also means understanding the detrimental effect such privileging has had on the current living experience of everyone.

Touchstones of Hope for Reconciliation

Professor Blackstock will review the Five Touchstones of Hope needed to improve the lives of Indigenous nations in Canada. The focus is on improving child welfare and the Spirit Bear to witness reconciliation efforts and the need for compensation.

Why should Canadian Black History be important to Canadians?

Linton Garner is co-creator, with Dr. Dorothy Williams, of a new curriculum they want to get out in Quebec schools called “The ABC’s of Canadian Black History”, to foster accessible resources and a bibliographic record of the historical presence of Blacks in Canada.

Extreme Empathy

Can we empathize with a white suprematism, or an anti-semite, or perhaps those people who stormed Capitol Hill? Federico Sanchez proposes that we might not be facing a political dilemma, but an existential information problem that causes citizens to believe in different realities.

Food Security & Job Preparedness

Pierre Legault will describe how Moisson Montreal, the largest food bank in Canada, was created. And how how Renaissance was created by the food bank in order to help people to become more independent.

Welcoming Strangers – Montréal City Mission

Rev. Paula Kline reflects on Montréal City Mission’s 110 years of welcoming strangers. She’ll speak about their refugee sewing collective’s mask making as well as the impact of the 1989 Polytechnique tragedy on her community.

The Uighers and Amnesty International

Amnesty Canada fieldworker Wilf Ruland speaks about what is happening to the Uighurs in Xinjiang & in particular a Canadian Uighur who is detained there. He also talks about other Canadians imprisoned in China.

Ending Chronic Homelessness

Old Brewery Mission has been serving as a resource for homeless men and women since 1889. James Hughes, CEO, will speak of challenges faced with the pandemic and how we can help.