CHRR - The Centre for Human Rights Research
Native Studies colloquium series

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Dr. Joan Durrant


Dr. Durrant is a professor in the department of community health sciences and an adjunct professor at the Arthur V. Mauro Center for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba.  

On February 26th, Durrant will discuss the implementation of a human rights-based approach to child discipline, as part of the Department of Psychology Colloquium Series. Her talk will explore a relationship-based approach to discipline that uses children’s rights principles as a roadmap.

Dr. Adele Perry

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Dr. Adele Perry is an associate professor of history and Canada Research Chair in Western Canadian Social History at the University of Manitoba, where she has taught since 2000. Her areas of expertise include Western Canadian history, migration history, gender history and the history of sexuality.

On Mar. 9, 2016, Perry will discuss Drinking Dispossession: Winnipeg, Water, and Settler Colonialism, 1913-1919 as part of the Department of Native Studies winter 2016 colloquium series.

CREATE H20 term position

The CREATE H2O program is seeking a temporary program co-ordinator from February 2 to June 5, 2015, to fill in during a parental leave. 

The position from February 2 to June 5, 2015 is full-time (35 hrs/week) and work duties will focus on co-ordinating student projects, communication with First Nations collaborators, co-organizing the CREATE H2O conference (to be held June 1, 2015), and administrative duties such as booking flights, hotel rooms, processing of receipts and other.

Salary ranges from $25.54 to $33.06 an hour (AA2), depending on qualifications and experience.

Individuals interested in the position should send their resume to Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been found. 

Refugee panel

Refugees - are we getting it right?

Have we found the right mix of humanitarian effort, military intervention, and resettlement supports for refugees who want to make a home here and those who hope to return home?

Watch a video of the Feb. 3, 2016 event.


Karen Busby [JD/81]
Professor, Faculty of Law, and Director of the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research

Featured Panelists

Abdikheir Ahmed
Coordinator,Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Abdikheir Ahmed previously served as executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba. He has been working in Winnipeg’s inner city since he immigrated to Canada in 2003 and has won awards for his work building bridges between new immigrants, Indigenous people and other established groups. Ahmed has a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution and helped found Humankind International, which opened and runs an early childhood education centre in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.

Shauna Labman
Assistant professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

Dr. Shauna Labman’s research interests include immigration and refugee law, human rights, citizenship and international law. She focuses on the layered influences of law on public policy and government positioning. Labman has worked with refugees and on human rights issues as a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi and with the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. She is co-founder of the Migration Law Research Cluster at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law.


Armando Perla
Researcher-curator, Canadian Museum for Human Rights; Instructor, Human Rights Law, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

Armanda Perla holds a master's degree in international human rights law from Lund University in Sweden and a bachelor of laws from L'Université Laval in Québec City. The former refugee from El Salvador is fluent in Spanish, English and French and has worked with human rights organizations around the world. Perla wrote a chapter on agricultural migrant workers in the recently released book The Idea of a Human Rights Museum published by the University of Manitoba Press.

Lori Wilkinson
Sociology professor, University of Manitoba; Director, Immigration Research West

Dr. Lori Wilkinson specializes in immigration and refugee studies. She heads Immigration Research West, which works with service providers and government offices to enhance knowledge of the settlement experiences and outcomes of newcomers to Western Canada. Wilkinson is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Migration and Integration.

Organized by the Centre for Human Rights Research and Visionary Conversations on Campus.

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