The Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba has established a Speakers Bureau to assist school teachers interested in educating their Grade 7-12 students about human rights issues, particularly in relation to Aboriginal rights or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read our brochure and a news story about the program.
Our presentations help teachers fulfil curriculum requirements, including:
- social studies, especially with respect to First Nations
- global issues
Our student volunteers have also given presentations at youth conferences focused on social issues or human rights.
University students, mostly enrolled in law or the Master of Human Rights program, are available to speak on a number of subjects related to The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian Aboriginal law, and human rights. Presentations are approximately 30 minutes in length, followed by a discussion with the class led by the university student. The presentation, which can be tailored to the needs of your students, will usually focus on two or three of the most important cases decided by the Supreme Court of Canada on a particular right.
Students are able to present September to November and January to March. It may be possible to make special arrangements for dates outside of those months. All our student presenters are volunteers and the presentations are free of charge.
You can contact the Speakers Bureau co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional resources are available to help teach your class about Aboriginal or human rights.
Information for student volunteers.
Thanks to the Faculty of Law endowment fund for supporting this initiative.