Human Rights Act Presenation Sept 12, 2011


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  • 1968-The UN’s International Year of Human Rights. PEIs legislature passed “an act respecting human rights (last canadian jurisdiction to do so). Subservient to exisiting legislation 1976-renamed PEI Human Rights Act
  • Up until 1976
  • Discrimination is the unequal, stereotypical or prejudicial treatment of persons. Act as sociological organism Big change in 1975 leading up to the enactment of PEI Human Rights Act
  • Political belief: PEI one of first jurisdictions to add PB as proscribed ground w/in HR Act. Given its successive permutations it might suggest PEI was a hot-bed of political patronage
  • Areas: Employment, Volunteer work, Accommodations, Lease/sale of property, Advertisements, P
  • Given these seven areas of Discrimination, which of these seven prohibited areas of discrimiantion best represents the work you do here at the Dept???
  • Reflects the construction of Act since 1976. Prior to that Act subservient to other legislation.
  • Providing education
  • 2010- Doug Currie both Minister of education & Attorney General wrote to Greg in support of formalizing linkages between DEECD & HRC Secured support of Deputy Minister Sandy MacDonald for formalizing links b/w DEECD & HRC towards facilitating delivery of HR edcuation in PEI schools
  • Grant received to fund project. Presently completing my MEd at UPEI
  • Kathy “its all about the academic outcomes” McDonald” Biggest bang for the buck would come from helping teachers make connections between the HR Act & academic outcomes they are already responsible for. Commissioner John Rogers: BA&BEd UPEI, MED UOttawa2005 retiree from Western School Board (teacher, vice principal, principal) Wendy Baker Human Rights officer. Received her Bachelor of Law
  • In general terms
  • Strand 1: speaking & listening Strand #2: Reading & Viewing Strand #2: Reading & writing
  • Human Rights Act Presenation Sept 12, 2011

    1. 1. Powerful Connections: Academic Outcomes and PEI Human Rights Act in PEI Schools
    2. 2. It is recognized in Prince Edward Island as a fundamental principle that all persons are equal in dignity and human rights without regard to age, color, creed, ethnic or national origin, family status, marital status, physical or intellectual disability, political belief, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or source of income . (Preamble, PEI Human Rights Act, 2008)
    3. 3. The PEI Human Rights Act … <ul><li>… shall be deemed to prevail over all other laws of this province and such laws shall be read as being subject to this Act. </li></ul><ul><li>(PEI Human Rights Act , (2), Construction of Act, 1976) </li></ul>
    4. 4. 1965 1) Race 2) Religion 3) Creed 4) Colour 5) Ethnic or National Origin 1975 6) Sex 7) Marital Status 8) Political Belief 9) Age (18-65 in Area of Employment) 10) Physical Disability (in Area of Employ) 11) Having filed a prior HR complaint
    5. 5. 1980 9) Age (18-65 years throughout Act ) 10) Physical Disability (throughout Act ) 1985 9) Age (Removed 18-65 limitation) 10) Physical or Mental Handicap 1988 8) Political belief (definition invalidated)
    6. 6. 1989 8) Political Belief (redefined) 1997 8) Political Belief (w/ time-limited $ formula) 1998 12) Family Status 13) Sexual Orientation 7) Marital Status (redefined) 14) Source of Income
    7. 7. 2008 7) Marital status (redefined) 11) Physical or intellectual disability (replaces: Physical or mental handicap) 2012??? 11) Disability (proposed replacement for Physical or Intellectual Disability)
    8. 8. Prohibited Areas of Discrimination in Act 1) Accommodations 2) Employment 3) Lease or Sale of Property 4) Membership in Professional, Business, or Trade Associations and Employee Organizations 5) Publications, Broadcasts, Public Displays And Advertisements 6) Services/Facilities Available to the Public 7) Volunteer Work
    9. 9. (Basic Principles, Department of Education & Early Childhood Development, 2009) <ul><li>The public education system demonstrates respect and support for fundamental human rights as identified in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the P.E.I. Human Rights Act </li></ul>
    10. 10. The PEI Human Rights Commission shall: <ul><ul><li>administer and enforce the Act ; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>develop a program of public information and education in the field of human rights to forward the principle that every person is free and equal in dignity and rights without regard to (14 grounds of discrimination) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(PEI Human Rights Act , S(18), Powers and Duties of Commission, 1975) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. 2010-2011: Connections begun
    12. 12. Spring 2011:Funding secured
    13. 13. 2011: Solidifying connections Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity. (Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, 1997 – 2001)
    14. 14. General Question to Curriculum specialists: <ul><li>How does existing curriculum empower students to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to demonstrate respect and support for fundamental human rights as identified in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the P.E.I. Human Rights Act ? </li></ul>
    15. 15. Specific Question to Curriculum specialists: <ul><li>Which 3 Specific Curriculum Outcomes (SCOs) can be connected to the goal of: empowering students to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to demonstrate respect and support for fundamental human rights as identified in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the P.E.I. Human Rights Act? </li></ul>
    16. 16. 3 SCOs From Grade 7 Language Arts <ul><li>SCO 3.2 demonstrate a respect for others by developing effective ways to express personal opinions such that they reflect sensitivity to others, including differences in culture and language (p. 169); </li></ul><ul><li>SCO 7.1 recognize that print and media texts can be biased, and become aware of some of the ways that information is organized and structured to suit a particular point of view (p. 186); </li></ul>SCO 4.2 read widely and experience a variety of young adult fiction and literature from different provinces and countries Grade 7 LA SCOs 3.2, 4.2 & 7.1 would be highlighted & Emailed to: [email_address] by 30/9/11
    17. 17. October 20-21, 2011 Annual Convention
    18. 19. References: Annan, Kofi in British Institute of Human Rights. Human Rights in Schools. . DEECD (2009). Philosophy of Education: Basic Principles. . DEECD (2011). Atlantic Canada English Language Arts Curriculum. Grades 7-9. PEI Human Rights Act (2008). PEI Human Rights Commission (2001). 25 Years of Human Rights: Sept 11, 1976 – Sept. 11, 2001 .