Media Advisory: Teacher leaders from across Canada gather in Winnipeg to focus on equity and social justice

July 03, 2014

July 7-8- Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel (Manitoba)

WINNIPEG – The 2014 Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) President’s Forum will address issues of child poverty, gender equality, mental health stigma and more, in conjunction with the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg. Additional subjects of discussion include child trafficking, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, language rights and Aboriginal education.

“It’s all about trying to engage the classroom teacher to make a difference, which is about inciting passion in teachers and students, and knowing that these human rights violations have no place in society,” said CTF President Dianne Woloschuk.

“The Forum follows on the footsteps of the joint national human rights initiative currently underway with the CMHR through our Imagineaction platform. This initiative will provide curriculum material for elementary and secondary teachers to help students identify defenders of human rights,” she continued.

The Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS) as the host of this year’s CTF President’s Forum has acquired the naming rights for a classroom at the CMHR which is set to open in September 2014.

Follow the event on twitter at #CTFForum

The 2014 President’s Forum will take place:

When: Monday, July 7 to Tuesday, July 8

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (July 7) and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (July 8)

Where: Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

More info:


  • CTF President Dianne Woloschuk
  • Paul Olson, MTS President
  • Carol Jolin, Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens
  • Dr. Rob Santos, Government of Manitoba
  • Dr. Darren Lund, University of Calgary
  • Jennefer Nepinak, (Indigenous) Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Dr. Michael Cooke, Keep the Promise Campaign
  • Helen Kennedy, Egale Canada
  • Linda Lalande, Kinark Child and Family Services
  • Micheal Pietrus, Opening Minds
  • Peter Wohlgemut, Teacher
  • Gail Klinck, Teacher

The goal of the forum is to foster discussion on matters of equity and social justice at the heart of public education, in order to encourage educational equity and to shape the goals of CTF.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation is an alliance of nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary educators from 17 organizations (15 Members, one affiliate member and one Associate Member across Canada). CTF is also a member of Education International, a global alliance of educators. Follow CTF on  Twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada.



Dianne Woloschuk, CTF President

Media Contact:

Francine Filion, Director of Communications
613-688-4314 (office) or 613-899-4247 (cell)