Reconciliation with Aboriginal People is important for all

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press, March 26, 2014.

It should not surprise Manitobans to learn, as the province's auditor general and Statistics Canada each reported last week, our prisons are full to the brim and the overwhelming majority of prisoners (70 per cent) are aboriginal. Ask any Winnipegger why this is so, and you're likely to hear more frustration and finger-pointing than empathy.

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CASHRA 2014 – Accommodation does work!

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Reporting on the impact of historic changes to the Canadian Human Rights Act

In 2008, Parliament gave full human rights protection to people governed by the Indian Act by amending the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA).

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This year, two landmark decisions by the Federal Court of Appeal confirmed that parental childcare obligations fall within the scope and meaning of the ground "family status" in the Canadian Human Rights Act. The rulings reaffirmed that employers have an obligation to accommodate employees when they can demonstrate that they have a need to care for a family member. These decisions help clarify an emerging issue in human rights law that has the potential to affect millions of Canadians who provide care for children, spouses, parents or close friends.

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Smaller agencies in Canada's public service often depend on shared services as a way to meet their administrative demands with limited resources. Throughout 2014, the CHRC continued to be recognized as a leader in providing shared services to a number of small departments and agencies in the federal government in areas such as human resources, finance, technology, information management, and security.

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By law, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) must look at every discrimination complaint it receives. The CHRC can decide not to deal with the complaint or refer it to an alternative dispute resolution mechanism.

When possible, the CHRC encourages people to try to resolve their disputes informally and at the earliest opportunity.

In the event no agreement is reached, the CHRC may conduct an investigation. When warranted, the CHRC can refer the case to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for a hearing.

In 2014, the CHRC:

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Description: Description: Canadian Human Rights Commission logo, with the tagline: 'My Canada includes everyone.'

Vision

An inclusive society where everyone is valued and respected.

Mandate

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) protects the core principle of equal opportunity and promotes a vision of an inclusive society free from discrimination by:

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David Langtry, Acting Chief Commissioner

Thank you for taking the time to read our Annual Report to Parliament for 2014.

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