Thank you for the feedback provided so far on Discussion Topic 1, the question will remain open for the duration of the engagement. I read with interest all of the comments: including from Angelika, who feels there is hiring discrimination against parents of small children due to child care availability; from Madhavee, who no longer laughs it off when someone says racism doesn’t exist; and from Jake, who feels excluded, bullied and abused. These stories, and many others, paint a picture of the need for a re-established B.C. Human Rights Commission.
I’d like us to imagine now what our commission can achieve. A primary role of human rights commissions in Canada and around the world is to educate the public about human rights. Other roles include hosting public dialogue, making recommendations to government, conducting human rights audits, and investigating root causes of discrimination.
Some specific examples in Canada: the Alberta Human Rights Commission hosts a series of public forums on topics such as human rights in employment and understanding gender identity and gender expression in the workplace. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has hired an independent expert to examine police street check data related to persons of African descent. And the Ontario Human Rights Commission is calling for an end to solitary confinement in prisons.
What roles do you think the B.C. Human Rights Commission should take on?
– Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism & Sport