School for Human Rights

February 18 to 25, 2017

Diversity and Inclusion

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the International Institute for Human Rights and Peace and Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) are holding an École des droits de la personne / School for Human Rights from February 18-25, 2017, in Winnipeg. As part of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the three organizations have chosen the study topic of “promoting diversity and inclusion.” This theme is one of the Federal Government’s four priority areas; the other three are: “engaging and inspiring youth,” “promoting national reconciliation,” and “connecting Canadians with their natural environment.” In 2017, Canadians and people all over the world will be encouraged to reflect on these key themes related to Canadian identity and to get involved in their communities.

The École des droits de la personne is an opportunity for youth from France and Canada to review our democracies’ fundamental principles of equality and non-discrimination. The multicultural group will study these concepts as a basis for reflecting on and proposing solutions to promote a plural, inclusive, and tolerant society. A series of workshops, seminars and cultural tours will be aimed at meeting this objective.


How to get involved

The International Institute for Human Rights and Peace and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights have established the school to encourage participants to explore and debate human rights, and consider how best to implement them.


Projected program

Sunday, February 19
Arrive in Winnipeg and visit the city

Monday, February 20
Go over week’s program and get to know human rights

Tuesday, February 21
The principle of equality: a human right

Wednesday, February 22
The origin of inequality

Thursday, February 23
The impact of inequality

Friday, February 24
How to promote equality and inclusion

Saturday, February 25
Completion of team project

Sunday, February 26


The École des droits de la personne will be held during Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur, the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Time will be reserved to visit the festival during the week of February 20, 2017.


Application criteria

This school is open to youth aged 18 to 25.  Given that the sessions will be conducted in French, applicants must be able to understand French. Interested participants must submit their applications and résumés to contact [at] 2idhp.eu and education [at] droitsdelapersonne.ca by December 20, 2016. The form can be downloaded at www.2idhp.eu.

Participants coming to the school from outside Canada must be in possession of a valid passport with an expiry date at least six months after the return date (set at February 26, 2017).

Participants’ costs will be covered by the partners, with the exception of a flat-rate contribution of €50 or CAD$75. These costs include accommodation and meals in Winnipeg.