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Various panels, workshops, speakers and social events offering a taste of Yukon


This year’s conference from the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) takes you to the unforgettable setting of Canada’s North. Learn from leaders in human rights in Canada, build your network, and take in unique northern experiences - all while under the legendary Midnight Sun.

The conference, held at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, features various panels, sessions, workshops, and social events creating a forum for information sharing about new ideas in the field of human rights in Canada.

We respectfully acknowledge that this year’s conference will be held within the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Who should attend?

For decades, CASHRA’s annual conference has offered an extraordinary learning and networking opportunity for people working closely on human rights issues in Canada.

Specifically focused on the work and role of Commissions, this conference is a unique opportunity to engage deeply on the mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights. If you work for a human rights organization, are a professional in the field, work at a non-proft or NGO, or if you’re a student or an activist, this conference is a place for you to grow, learn, connect, and share.

Conference Format

The Conference is a two-day event featuring plenary speakers and panels, technical and legal workshops, experiential sessions, and opportunities for connecting and networking. Back by popular demand, please join us for the annual CASHRA Legal Update from senior legal counsel on emerging developments in human rights law in Canada.

What topics will be addressed at the Conference?

This year’s theme is “The Time is Now: Change and Innovation in Human Rights Today”. This year’s conference will explore exciting emerging areas of law and policy, as well as innovations in public education and rights promotion. We will draw links between issues in different jurisdictions, and see challenges in a new light.

Some Workshop and Plenary Topics

  • Innovations in human rights remedies
  • Effective implementation of UNDRIP and the TRC Calls to Action
  • Developments in human rights in corrections and prisoners’ rights
  • Gender identity and gender expression
  • Innovations in the promotion of human rights
  • Indigenous law in a human rights commission context
  • Housing rights
  • Update on recent major human rights cases of national signifcance
  • Unique northern human rights innovations
  • Emerging grounds such as size and appearance, as well as genetic discrimination
  • Innovation in service animal law
  • Current issues about sexualized harassment prevention
  • Pay equity through an intersectional lens
  • Technological change and systemic discrimination

Confirmed participants

(more updates to follow within the coming weeks):

  • Pearl Eliadis, Human Rights Lawyer
  • Honourable Senator Lillian Dyck
  • Honourable Senator Kim Pate
  • Honourable Attorney General of British Columbia David Eby
  • Alison Latimer, Arvay Finlay LLP
  • Ivan Zinger, Correctional Investigator of Canada
  • Howard Sapers, Ontario’s Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform
  • Shelagh Day, Editor of Canadian Human Rights Reporter
  • Gwen Brodsky, Constitutional and human rights lawyer
  • Fiona Keith, Senior Counsel, Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Yvonne Peters, former Chair, Manitoba Human Rights Commission
  • Kasari Govender, WestCoast LEAF
  • Chairpersons and Directors of all human rights commissions in Canada

More to come…


Thank you to our CASHRA 2018 sponsors for your generous support!