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Library of Publications, Policies and Reports on Human Rights Issues. 

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ARCHIVED - Still a Matter of Rights - A Special Report of the Canadian Human Rights Commission on the Repeal of Section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act

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Research Reports
Subject Matter
Indigenous Issues

In June 2008, Parliament removed section 67 from the Canadian Human Rights Act. This gave people governed by the Indian Act full access to human rights law in Canada. But how did this legislative change come to be? In this 2008 report, the Commission urgently calls on Parliament to remove section 67 from the Canadian Human Rights Act. The report also offers some suggested principles that might be taken into account when First Nations communities build their own process for resolving conflicts.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution in Aboriginal Contexts: A Critical Review

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International

What processes are available to help Aboriginal people resolve their conflicts internally? What are the most common challenges implementing such a process? This report examines three dispute resolution processes and the differences between Indigenous and Western practices.

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A Guide for Managing the Return to Work

Subject Matter
International

Are you an employer? Do you know how to accommodate an employee who has returned to work after a long absence? This guide provides a step-by-step approach for managers helping an employee return to work. The guide offers concrete examples and also takes you through your legal obligations.

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Bona Fide Occupational Requirements and Bona Fide Justifications under the Canadian Human Rights Act - The Implications of Meiorin and Grismer

Subject Matter
International

What is direct discrimination? What is indirect discrimination? What are Bona Fide Occupational Requirements? What is undue hardship? What significance did the Meiorin and Grismer decisions have on this area of human rights law? This report provides answers to these questions and also outlines the Commission's investigation process for complaints.

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Guide to Screening and Selection in Employment

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Tools for Employers
Subject Matter
Workplace

Are you an employer? Do you want to ensure that your hiring and interviewing processes are fair and respectful to people’s human rights? This guide can help you ensure that your hiring process does not accidentally discriminate against individuals.

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No Alternative: A Review of the Government of Canada's Provision of Alternative Text Formats for People Who Are Blind, Deaf-Blind or Visually Impaired

Publication Type
Research Reports
Subject Matter
Human Rights

How have federal institutions failed to accommodate the needs of people who are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, or have a speech impediment? This report highlights how the Government of Canada has failed to accommodate the needs of the disabled. It also recommends a method of ensuring that all individuals living in Canada have access to the same level of service.

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International Best Practices in Universal Design: A Global Review

Subject Matter
International

How can we ensure that new facilities meet the physical needs of as many people as possible? What best practices should be adopted in the development of buildings and landscapes? This study examines various national accessibility codes and standards for both buildings and landscapes in order to determine best practices based upon universal design principles. It includes examples of best practices, product information, cost and availability.

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ARCHIVED - A Matter of Rights - Special Report of the Canadian Human Rights Commission on the Repeal of Section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act

Publication Type
Research Reports
Subject Matter
Indigenous Issues

What were the Commission’s reasons for recommending that section 67 be repealed from the Canadian Human Rights Act? What impact did the Commission anticipate the legislative change would have on First Nations communities? This 2005 report recommends that Parliament eliminate section 67 so that First Nations people living on reserve have access to the same human rights protection available to other people in Canada.

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ARCHIVED - Protecting Their Rights: A Systemic Review of Human Rights in Correctional Services for Federally Sentenced Women

What changes need to be made so that the human rights of women in the correctional system are respected? This report focuses on the needs of federally sentenced women, and looks at two basic Canadian constitutional ideals: the protection of individual rights and the entitlement to equality.

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ARCHIVED - Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights - Same Sex Marriages

What role did the Commission play throughout the debate on same sex marriage? How did same sex marriage come to be protected by the Canadian Human Rights Act? This submission analyzes same-sex civil marriage through the prism of human rights. More specifically, it looks at the prohibitions of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and discrimination on the grounds of religious freedom.

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