Beyond Labels

2017 Human Rights Symposium September 27-28, Ottawa, Ontario Shaw centre logo


Beyond Labels

Labels help define us and stay connected to who we are.

Canada’s human rights laws are based on formal grounds, or labels, that define our unique combination of characteristics – our gender, our religion, our disability, our sexual orientation, our race. These labels have been embraced by many as a call to action for groups who claim these identities. Yet more and more, people are rejecting these labels.

During this pivotal year – Canada 150, 40 years of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – we are asking participants: Is it time to focus on what unites us instead of what divides us?
Symposium Program 

The Canadian Human Rights Commission

An inclusive society where everyone is valued and respected

As Canada’s human rights watchdog, the Commission protects the core principle of equal opportunity and promotes a vision of an inclusive society free from discrimination, where everyone is valued and respected.

Through research and policy development, through a fair and effective complaints process, through representing the public interest, and through auditing for compliance with employment equity, the Commission works to advance the human rights of every person in Canada.

The Beyond Labels Symposium is part of a national series of events.