HDSB Human Rights Symposium 2021 - Identity and Human Rights
The Halton District School Board will once again host the
Human Rights Symposium on Thursday, Dec. 9 (1 - 2 p.m.) and Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 (9:30 - 11 a.m.) to engage in vital conversations and challenge thinking. The theme of this year’s event is Identity and Human Rights to explore how intersecting identities impact one’s access to and enjoyment of Human Rights. This year’s Symposium will be a virtual event for HDSB students and staff only.
Human Rights Symposium Postcard (PDF)
HDSB students and staff are invited to view the Human Rights Symposium and hear keynote speakers Janice Makokis and Spencer West.
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021- 1 - 2 p.m.
Legal Scholar, Lawyer, Mother, Indigenous Consultant
Janice Makokis is a legal scholar, lawyer, mother and Indigenous consultant from Saddle Lake Cree Nation located in Treaty 6 territory. Through her work, Janice assists both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to break down stereotypes and identify colonial systems of the past that are still in place today that have shaped the outcomes for First Nation communities. She has dedicated her career and her life to her people. She focuses on educating others on the Truth of our history, to guide us all to take the right steps towards Reconciliation for racial, gender and social prosperity.
Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 - 9:30 - 11 a.m.
International Speaker, Content Creator, Bestselling Author, World Change Warrior/Activist, Social Media Influencer
After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, Spencer entered a world that might have easily defeated him. Instead, he tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against those with disabilities. His many accomplishments and lessons learned along the way, led him to discover techniques business leaders, professionals, educators and young people can use to
redefine possible in their own lives and careers.
Infused with humour and humility, Spencer’s thought provoking and genuinely enlightening experiences offer lessons on how to find opportunity in every challenge, while instilling hope and empowering leaders to motivate others to create positive change.
How do students and staff watch the Human Rights Symposium?
Information on how to access the event will be shared with students and staff. Registration is not required.
Thursday, Dec. 9: 1 - 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 10: 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Questions? Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-335-3665 ext. 3354 if you require further information.
What is the Human Rights Symposium?
Human rights is the work and responsibility of all members of society. The HDSB recognizes the importance of bringing education and community partners together to engage in vital conversations to challenge our thinking. The Human Rights Symposium provides an opportunity for educators and community partners to examine important issues impacted by equality and the human condition.
To learn more about the Human Rights Symposium, email email@example.com, follow the hashtag
#HDSBsym on Twitter.
View recaps of previous Human Rights Symposium events: