November
13

On Human Rights Day, we will stand up for human rights and critically address the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ gap of inclusion of Indigenous People and its relevance to Indigenous people, Canadians and newcomers.

Please note: This movie introduces the discussion of Canadian Residential Schools which in part includes harms against children, sexual abuse of children, secrets, and shame. While this is done gently and not in a graphic nature, it will be difficult to watch, and may not be recommended for residential school survivors who have not done their healing work.

Details

Date: Monday, December 10, 2018
Time: Doors open at 5:15 PM, event 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: New Calgary Central Library, 802 3 Street Southeast | Calgary, AB T2G 0E7 | Canada
Free to attend, Refreshments first come, first served

Get tickets: https://hrd2018yyc.eventbrite.ca

Panelists

TBA

Agenda

Doors open at 5:15 PM
Panel discussion starts at 5:30 PM
Followed by film screening, Indian Horse, 6:30 PM
Q&A will run approx. from 8:10 PM – 8:3o PM (time permitting)

November
2

Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Read More

July
19

This year’s Child Diplomats received a message from Nagasaki Mayor, Mr. Tomihisa Taue, which will be read by them at the Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony 2018 on August 4th (The event starts from 8 pm). Congratulations to this years Child Diplomats on their wonderful work!!

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The Child Diplomat Project enables children to send a request letter to a mayor who belongs to “Mayors for Peace” to ask their message to the Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony.

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The Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony takes place on August 4th, and begins at 8PM.

Visit Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony 2018’s Facebook Page  for email [email protected] for more information.

You can also support the event by donating on the Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony’s 2018 Eventbrite page

June
14

Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

Human rights are relevant for all of us, every day. Human rights include our rights to freedom from fear and from want, freedom to speak up, rights to health and education; and to enjoy the benefits of measures to advance economic and social justice.

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May
5

Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill, or die for. And no religion too[1] – John Lennon, most certainly a dreamer, proposes a romanticised reality where a brotherhood of man shares the world equally in the year 1971. Today, Lennon’s dream has still yet to blossom.

Imagining[2] is hard to do when country borders define your odds of survival based on monotheism of intellectual property (“IP”) rights. The rate at which innovation in health care has developed is undeniably impressive, yet the dispersion of its fruit is anything but. A recent social justice project from São Paulo seized my attention to the subject, as it advocated for a prejudice-free society on behalf of human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”) positive people. Read More

September
19

In March 2014, unmarked Russian troops entered Crimea – sparking an international diplomatic crisis. The same weekend, Alberta Intercollegiate Model United Nations was being hosted at Mount Royal University. I was representing the Russian Federation and quickly needed to research Crimea and the crisis to defend my position at this conference. After several days of vigorous debate, my co-delegate and I went went on to win best delegation at the award ceremony. This topic continued to be widely discussed worldwide for the next few years as more conflicts arose in Ukraine and the fate of Crimea and its people remained uncertain. Read More

May
14

UmairMalala2Malala Yousafzai became the youngest honorary Canadian citizen on April 12, 2107 for her commitment to women’s rights and education. Umair Ahad, One of UNAC Calgary’s members had the amazing opportunity of attending this ceremony. He shared some words about the experience:

“Malala Yousafzai’s family invited me to attend her Honorary Citizenship ceremony in Parliament Hill. Malala and I were from the same town in Swat, Pakistan. At that time, religious extremism was rising. Myself and Ziaddun Yousafzai—Malala’s father—raised our voices for peace and education. Malala was a large part of this mission. A few years later, those extremists shot Malala. That was a sad day in my life.

I was very happy to hear Malala’s speech in Ottawa. That day the Pakistan High Commission arranged a beautiful evening for her, where I told her I am a part of the United Nations Association of Canada. She was so happy and told me that we will win this war.

Thank you Malala, for your kind words for me.”

–Umair Ahad (UK)

April
7

Is Canada an inclusive nation when some communities suffer more violence than others?

Recent research has established that there are disproportionate rates of violence of crime against Indigenous women and girls. Are we a truly inclusive nation when there are communities that suffer more violence than others?

On Friday, April 21st, join UNAC Calgary  for an evening with courageous leaders who have spent their lives advocating for human rights,  empowering women, and educating people on the importance of inclusion for all regardless of gender, or race. Read More