Our Story

Here at Human Rights Council, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our cause. Since 2000, we’ve been supporting our community members in a variety of ways and measuring our success not by monetary size, but by more qualitative measurements such as the scale and effectiveness of our efforts. Just imagine what we can achieve together!

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Mission

To promote and enforce human rights, to engage in relationships that embody the principles of dignity and respect, and to create a culture of human rights compliance and accountability. We act as a driver for social change based on principles of substantive equality. We accomplish our mission by exposing, challenging and ending entrenched and widespread structures and systems of discrimination through education, policy development, public inquiries and litigation.

 
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Values

We commit to embodying the following in all of our work and ways of working:
We engage in respectful, trusting and collaborative relationships, and put the lived-experience of people at the center of our work.

Transformative approaches: 
We are courageous, persistent, creative and innovative in pursuing systemic change and real impact.

Integrity: 
We are principled and independent in advancing and securing substantive
equality.

Accountability: 
We are transparent and accountable to the people both in terms of the pursuit of our mandate and the use of our resources.

 
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Approach to Planning:

This Strategic Plan provides the framework for 1999 – 2020. It lays out our proactive areas of focus over the past years. It is geared toward achieving results and creating an environment that encourages and supports a commitment to human rights accountability in our community.

This Strategic Plan allows for developing each year, a focused list of valid, necessary and measurable actions that advance the Human Rights Council towards results.

Internally, it provides the basis for more detailed operational plans to make sure that all organizational activities connect to results.

 
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Strategic Focus

We concentrate our proactive efforts on four strategic focus areas...


Reconciliation: 
Embody human rights by engaging in sustained trusting relationships with Indigenous communities that are built on dignity and respect, and by working to advance reconciliation and substantive equality.

Justice system: 
Enforce human rights and reduce systemic discrimination by seeking accountability in the justice system.

Poverty: 
Advance the field of human rights law by making clear how systemic discrimination causes, sustains poverty and addressing poverty within a human rights framework.

Education:

Promote & strengthen human rights culture that encompasses both rights & responsibilities, with a special focus on educating children &youth addressing systemic discrimination in our educational system.