TORONTO – At its third annual Community Advisory Summit, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) heard from grassroots community leaders about their pressing concerns, including impunity for hate and discrimination experienced by racialized and religious communities, marginalization and exclusion of people living in poverty, and a lack of genuine commitment to Indigenous reconciliation.
The summit, held on November 21 and 22, 2019, also provided an opportunity for the government to assure community leaders of its ongoing support for human rights. “The OHRC is an integral and valued partner whose work we are committed to supporting,” said Assistant Deputy Attorney General Irwin Glasberg. “Both the OHRC and the Ministry recognize the importance of seeking out and reflecting the viewpoints of Ontarians from different sectors and regions.”
“The summit theme Ne-Maam-Mweh means ‘we are together as one’ in Ojibwe,” said Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane. “The summit is a unique opportunity to bring together leaders working across sectors and communities. The OHRC recognizes that human rights progress is only possible when we work together to drive change.”
The OHRC will release a report on the summit in the coming months.
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