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Public Dialogue on Human Rights: From Hate to Hope in a Digital Age

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Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

580 West Hastings Street

Jack P. Blaney Asia Pacific Hall

Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

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Human Rights. Rule of Law. Social Media.

Statistics Canada released data in 2017 spotlighting a disturbing 47 per cent increase in hate crime in Canada from the previous year. Online hate speech is on the rise with much evidence showing that groups targeted online are also targeted in-person. In a digital age that allows anyone with a device and an internet connection to become an amateur public broadcaster, online posts and comments are becoming increasingly provocative and polarizing.

On Thursday, September 12, from 5:30pm-7:00pm, please join the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and honoured guest Kasari Govender for our inaugural Simces & Rabkin Family Dialogue on Human Rights: From Hate to Hope in a Digital Age. Reception to follow. Participation in this dialogue is free but registration is required.

About The Speaker

Kasari Govender is the incoming Human Rights Commissioner of British Columbia and currently the Executive Director of West Coast Leaf. Ms. Govender has appeared before every level of court in BC, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada, on numerous key equality cases. She earned her Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia and was the founding President of Rise Women’s Legal Centre as well as a member of the Board of Governors for the University of Victoria. She speaks regularly on access to justice, gender equality, and legal responses to gender-based violence.

Other human rights and social media leaders will be participating in this conversation including

  • Dr. Clint Curle, Senior Advisor to the President, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

  • Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan, Director of Inter-Religious Studies at Vancouver School of Theology

  • A representative from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network

Directions

The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is located at 580 W. Hastings St (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance), and is a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Bike racks are available outside the Hastings entrance of SFU Harbour Centre (located across the street). Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.

Accessibility

Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors. The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor in the east hallway. All floors within the building, including the venue and washrooms, are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators. How can we make this event accessible for you? If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at dialogue@sfu.ca.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

In partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

580 West Hastings Street

Jack P. Blaney Asia Pacific Hall

Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

Canada

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