Focus Area

Human Rights & Discrimination Circle

Region: Calgary

Founded in 2005, the Calgary Indigenous Human Rights Circle was formed to promote awareness of racism and discrimination issues in Calgary toward identifying education and training opportunities.

Our Circle supports organizations and individuals’ efforts to incorporate the Human Rights Principles enshrined in UNDRIP and the TRC Calls to Action Dealing with Discrimination with the minimum standard being “nothing about us without us.”

This circle has continued to meet and has recently held the Indigenous Mental Health Symposium with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Cheryl Currie.

# 43     “We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.” 5

Believing that this Declaration is a further important step forward for the recognition, promotion and protection of the rights and freedoms of Indigenous peoples and in the development of relevant activities of the United Nations systems in this field.

Recognizing and reaffirming that Indigenous individual are entitled without discrimination to all humans recognized in international law, and that Indigenous peoples possess collective rights, which are indispensable for their existence, well-being and integral development as peoples.” 6

Article 2 “Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their Indigenous origin or identity” 6

Education, Training and Awareness

Incorporate of TRC and UNDRIP standards

Influence Policy Making / Policy Changes