CHRR - The Centre for Human Rights Research
Dr. David Churchill

churchill_smallWhen frustrated with the status quo, members of marginalized groups often band together and use political activism to secure their human rights.  

Dr. David Churchill (assistant professor of history) studies these human rights movements in the context of sexual orientation in post-1960 United States. Over the last five decades, lesbians and gay men have used Rights Talk to gain privacy protection, anti-discrimination legislation and full citizenship rights in terms of marriage, adoption, military service, and immigration.

Our divided city: Nov. 26

Our Divided City: A panel discussion on racism, reconciliation, and the future of Winnipeg

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Time: Doors are at 6:30, discussion starts at 7.

Location: University of Winnipeg, Eckhardt Gramatté Hall

There can be no denying that many in Winnipeg's aboriginal population face racism and unfair treatment on a daily basis. Facebook images of missing aboriginal teenage girls are a daily occurrence, and there is collective shock and outrage, but not surprise, when an act of violence - sexual or otherwise - is perpetrated against an aboriginal woman or child. Aboriginal men make up a disproportionately high number of the jail population. All of these factors combine to make a city that appears to be "us" versus "them," and this needs to change. 

On the eve of this past election, an article was published in The Guardian (you can read it here: that outlined the great divide in our city. It wasn't the first time these things had been said, but it was timely, and it started, or added to, a conversation. We would like to continue that conversation. 

Join us as we host a respectful, important, and interactive panel discussion on our divided city. Moderated by Shannon Sampert (Editor at the Free Press); Damon Johnston (President of the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg), Shannon Buck (Owner/Lead Trainer of EastWind Training and Consulting), Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (activist and professor, University of Manitoba), Rosanna Deerchild (author, and host on CBC) and Bartley Kives (writer at large for the Winnipeg Free Press) will discuss issues facing our city, and constructive ways to move forward. Audience members can add their voice to the discussion by tweeting questions under #tribtalks.

Admission is by donation. Hosted by the Spectator Tribune.

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Peace in the world and home: Nov. 26


Title: From Peace in the World to Peace in the Home
Description: This is a special program, part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. We will be looking at alternatives to violence, such as the Charter of Compassion, compassion games, and other reflections. Presenters include Darcia Senft, U of Manitoba Prof. Ellen Judd, Roxana Obasi, and Gertrude Hambira, and will be moderated by the Global College's Marilou McPhedran.
When: November 26, 2014, Daily, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 2M70
515 Portage Ave., University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg, MB
Contact: Mary Scott

Dr. Christopher Fries

FriesAccess to medical and health care is a human right, but access alone is not always enough: in order to best serve clients, health care must also be culturally appropriate. Christopher Fries is working to better understand the factors that make such care possible. 

He recently completed a pilot study that looked at the relationship between Canada’s rapidly aging population and the growing popularity of complementary and alternative medicines. 

Dr. Mark Hudson


Through his research, Dr. Mark Hudson (sociology) helps to ensure that we act justly in response to the demands of our ever-changing world.

For example, he studies the “fair trade” system, which aims to reduce the systemic social injustices of contemporary forms of commodity production and exchange. Hudson also studies techniques used by businesses as they try to adjust to the new realities of climate change. In another project, Hudson is researching issues of procedural justice in the legislative and regulatory systems that oversee development of the tar sands in northern Alberta.

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