Media Reminder: Rights champions gather in Ottawa to launch Speak Truth To Power Canada

July 17, 2015

Ottawa Canadian human rights defenders are the focus of a new national resource being rolled out to teachers across the country this fall. “Speak Truth to Power Canada (STTP)” is designed to raise awareness of the importance of human rights and motivate young people to become defenders themselves. Seven of the individuals featured in this groundbreaking educational initiative are gathering this evening in Ottawa for the official launch of this online resource.

Their compelling stories draw attention to the human rights issues all around us in Canada – stories of violation, resilience, survival and hope – adding relevance to lessons about human rights taught in Canadian classrooms. Here is the website:

Event details:

When: 7 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2015

Where: Victoria Ballroom, 2nd floor, Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa

Canadian human rights defenders
Canadian Teachers’ Federation leaders
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Assembly of First Nations
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

The 12 profiled defenders are (names of those attending this evening are underlined):

  • Louise Arbour (Québec),
  • Remzi Cej (Newfoundland),
  • Léonie Couture (Québec),
  • Jeremy Dias (Alberta/Ottawa),
  • Rick Hansen (BC),
  • Gilles Julien, (Québec)
  • Wilton Littlechild (Ermineskin Cree Nation, Alberta),
  • Art Miki (Manitoba),
  • Timea Nagy (Ontario),
  • Rosemary Sadlier (Ontario),
  • Mary Simon (Inuit/Québec) and
  • Tim Thompson (Wahta Mohawk Territory, Ontario).

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For more information and to arrange advance interviews, please contact:

Pauline Théoret, CTF Program Officer
Canadian Teachers’ Federation @CanTeachersFed @EnseigneCanada
613-688-4303; Cell: 613-899-4207  [email protected]

Maureen Fitzhenry, Media relations manager
Canadian Museum for Human Rights @CMHR_News
204-289-2112; Cell: 204-782-8442  [email protected]

Daniel Cronin
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
917-284-6356  [email protected]

Patricia D’Souza, Senior Communications Officer
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
613.292.4482  [email protected]

Alain Garon, Bilingual Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-241-6789, ext 382  [email protected]