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Human rights

The PSAC Human Rights Program is based on a mobilizing approach, rather than an advocacy approach. This means that the union provides support to members from equity groups to discuss, identify and strategize around how to best address issues of particular concern to them.

Equity and Human Rights Calendar

JANUARY
19 - Martin Luther King Day
27 - Family Literacy Day
27 - International Day of Commemoration of Honour the Victims of the Holocaust
 
FEBRUARY
Black History Month
Third Monday * Family Day
14 - Pink Triangle Day
17 - Heritage Day
20 - World Day of Social Justice
 
MARCH
8 - International Women's Day
20 - International Francophone Day
21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
22 - World Water Day
 
APRIL
7 – World Health Day
9 - Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day            
22 – International Mother Earth Day
28 – National Day of Mourning
 
MAY
Sexual Abuse/Assault Prevention Month
1st Full week * North American Occupational Health and Safety Week
1st week  * International Youth Week
1st Week * Nat’l Mental Health Week
After Victoria Day * Aboriginal Awareness Week
1 – May Day
3 – World Press Freedom Day
12 – Canada Health Day
15 – International Day of Families
17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
25 – National Missing Children’s Day
 
JUNE
1st Week * Canadian Environment Week
1 – Injured Workers’ Day
5 – World Environment Day
20 – World Refugee Day
21 – National Aboriginal Day
26 – International Day of Support of Victims of Torture
27 – Canadian Multiculturalism Day
 
JULY
1 – Canada Day
18 – Nelson Mandela Int’l Day
 
AUGUST
9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
12 – International Youth Day
19 – World Humanitarian Day
 
SEPTEMBER
1st Monday * Labour Day
8 – International Literacy Day
21 – International Day of Peace
23 – Bi Visibility Day
Last Sunday * Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day
 
OCTOBER
Child Abuse Awareness Month
Women’s History Month
Healthy Workplace Month
1st week * Mental Illness Awareness Week
2nd Week * National Citizenship Week
2nd Week * National Family Week
3rd Week * Amnesty International Week
10 – World Mental Health Day
11 – National Coming Out Day
17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18 – National Persons Day
24 – United Nations Day and World Development Information Day
26 – Intersex Awareness Day
 
NOVEMBER
Woman Abuse Prevention Month (Ontario)
2nd Week * National Veterans’ Week
11 – Rememberance Day
16 – International Day of Tolerance
20 – Transgendered Day of Remembrance
20 – National Child’s Day
25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
25 Nov. to 6 Dec. – National White Ribbon Campaign (Men against Men’s Violence Against Women)
 
DECEMBER
1 – World AIDS Day
2 – Internation Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 – International Day for Persons with Disabilities
6 – National Day of Rembmerance and Action on Violence Against Women
10 – International Human Rights Day

May 14, 2020 - 8:43am •
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is recognized every year on May 17 with events taking place both nationally and internationally. 
February 18, 2020 - 2:15pm •
To commemorate African Heritage Month, the PSAC Halifax Human Rights Committee has purchased two tickets to the Neptune Theatre production of “Controlled Damage”.  The production explores the life of Viola Desmond and how her act of bravery in a New Glasgow, NS movie theatre started a ripple effect throughout society,  The winner of two tickets to “Controlled Damage – The Viola Desmond Story” is Jeff Whyte, UTE 80003.
January 7, 2020 - 2:04pm •
*Updated April 20, 2020 - PEI Regional Women's Committee, Human Rights Commitee, Young Worker's Commitee and Area Council Schedules for 2020 
December 11, 2019 - 11:30am •
Once again in order to commemorate the International Human Rights day, the Greater Moncton Human Rights Committee (GMHRC) came together and volunteered to give a helping hand to a local soup kitchen with serving members of the community in need with lunch.  The members spent a few hours at Karing kitchen helping out with the preparation and serving of meals as well as provided Karing Kitchen with a monetary donation.  « Its a very fulfilling experience sad but that's the reality for those in need of a hot meal.» Farid Tourkmani, chair of the GMHRC.
October 16, 2019 - 2:03pm •
When the Greater Moncton Human Rights (GMHR) committee was looking for a different way to recruit and engage members, they decided to open a contest to reach out to more PSAC members.  After partnering with the Moncton Inspire Festival, an international non-profit street arts festival, and finding some PSAC members who had talent, they were ready to create their project.  First, the contest was asking members to answer a question by submitting, images, pictures, texts, poems, etc.  The question was:   What does equity groups within the PSAC means to you?
September 5, 2019 - 4:35pm •
Members of the PSAC Greater Moncton Human Rights committee along with the National Indigenous People Circle Male Representative and Atlantic Region Aboriginal Director on the PSAC Atlantic Regional Council, Joey Dunphy were present at the Moncton Farmer’s Market on July 6th, 2019 to bring awareness to the general public on the issue of safe drinking water for First Nation communities in Canada.  There are still 125 Aboriginal communities that are currently under boil-water advisories. Some have been for years. 
September 5, 2019 - 4:21pm •
PSAC MEMBERS from various locals and regional committees from Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton participated in their respective PRIDE events in New Brunswick.
September 5, 2019 - 11:44am •
August 19, 2019 - 3:03pm •
The 2019 Greater Moncton Pride week will be from August 24th to August 31st, 2019. 

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PEI Human Rights Committee Meeting June 1, 2020 • Charlottetown