December 10th, 2022
Today, the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) recognizes Human Rights Day.
Human Rights Day
This important day is celebrated every year on December 10. Today is the day on which the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Poverty Point of View (POV) Survey
This Human Rights Day, you can take action by participating in the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Poverty Point of View (POV) Survey.
Research has shown two issues that are deeply entwined with causing or sustaining poverty:
- The lack of affordable, adequate and accessible housing
- The experience of mental health and addiction disabilities
The Poverty POV survey will shine a brighter light on both areas and strengthen public understanding of poverty as a critical human rights issue.
Learn more about Human Rights Day
WRDSB Educators have been provided with a selection of resources on human rights and Human Rights Day to support them with their lessons.
If you’d like to discuss the topic with your child, or learn more yourself, we recommend the following resources:
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk: The Danger of a Single Story
- Human Rights Film Playlist | NFB
- Human Rights Day | United Nations
- John Humphrey | Heritage Minute
- Recognizing Canadian Heroes: Caroline Goodie Tshabalala Mogadime
WRDSB Human Rights Branch
Within the WRDSB, our Human Rights Branch (HRB) works collaboratively throughout the Board to provide education and proactive training. This focuses on the rights and responsibilities stemming from the Ontario Human Rights Code and Board Policy 1017 – Human Rights.
Learn more about the work of the Human Rights Branch, and how they can support you: