Ensuring human rights for all
What we heard
People in vulnerable circumstances do not have the same access to justice as everyone else.
What it means
The Commission must expand its reach and build partnerships to ensure that people living in vulnerable circumstances can find the support they need close to home. This requires the Commission to put a renewed emphasis on working directly in communities, with communities and for communities.
“In the past, federal and provincial human rights commissions really knew the people in their communities. So their work reflected the people they served. The people felt safe, and that they were being taken care of. This is how it should be.”
“The Commission can develop a human rights hub. It can be a place people want to go. But it will also be important for the Commission to create networks in the communities to help broaden knowledge and ensure that tools and resources reach the most vulnerable groups.”
“The biggest barrier is that persons with disabilities are living in poverty. Complainants shouldn’t have to bear the burden of advancing the Canadian Human Rights Act.”
“There’s a phrase some of you will be familiar with, nothing about us without us. I think that should be a mantra for thinking about human rights protection. Always involve those whose protection you’re concerned about in the discussion about how to accomplish that protection.”