Conference on Advancing Human Rights Values – Equal Dignity & Opportunities

Date and Time

Fri, 5 Jul 2019, 8:30 AM –
Sat, 6 Jul 2019, 5:00 PM CST


University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK S4S 0A2

About the Event


This conference will build on a community participatory action research and education project funded by the Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage Department, being implemented in Manitoba,Saskatchewan and British Columbia (2017 to March 2020). It will highlight the human, social and economic cost of the intersectionality of oppression, critical anti-oppressive theory and practice, initiatives aimed at advancing equality of human worth and dignity, opportunities and the full participation of African-descent Canadians, Indigenous people, newcomers and other historically marginalized communities, such as Ukrainian Canadians.

Conference presentations, discussion panels, workshops, artwork and posters may be presented on any of the following sub-themes.

Canada’s leadership in advancing human rights values and responsibilities and the related benefits.

Progress, Challenges and Living up to Our Commitments: 70 Years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948); 40 years since the UNESCO Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice (1978), and more recently the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples(2007). Creative initiatives framed within postmodernism and critical social theory that incorporates language and discourse.

People and Human Dignity—Human Resources and Canada’s Future: Immigration, settlement and integration that is in harmony with Indigenous peoples and established communities.

The International Decade of People of African Descent (2015–2024): Their history, contributions, status and challenges. Identity crisis, internalized oppression coupled with other levels and forms of oppression in Canada and beyond.

Strategies for Collaboration across Human and Cultural Differences: Stories from Indigenous peoples, African- and Ukrainian-descent Canadian communities and others that have historically faced oppression. Current forms of oppression of these communities.


Keynote Speaker - Dr. Juliana West

Dr. Juliana West is Co-Director and Co-Founder of Critical Cross-border Conversations (CCC) Research Group. Her research and scholarship focuses on examining social work discourse, research, education, and practice through anti-oppression and anti-privilege frameworks at the personal, cultural (discourse, media, ideology), and structural (institutionalized) levels. Her 2014 dissertation: The Role of Social Work in Contemporary Colonial and Structurally Violent Processes: Speaking to Aboriginal Social Workers who had Child Welfare and/or Criminal Justice Involvement as Youth, examined how social work treats Indigenous peoples as recipients of social work services, as social work students, and as social work professionals. Her current research looks at how social work education attracts, supports, and graduates Indigenous students. Her forthcoming book with Bob Mullaly on anti-oppressive and anti-privilege theory and practice is in press with Oxford University Press and will be released in Fall 2017.

Research Interests

Critical theories and methodologies, anti-oppressive and anti-privilege theories and practice, structural social work, critical race theory, critical feminist theories, critical post modernism, critical criminology, critical pedagogy, institutional ethnography, critical discourse analysis, criminalization, contemporary colonialism, child welfareization, structural violence, prison industrial complex, risk discourse, governmentality.


Ph.D. in Social Work, 2014

The Role of Social Work in Contemporary Colonial and Structurally Violent Processes: Speaking to Aboriginal Social Workers who had Child Welfare and/or Criminal Justice Involvement as Youth.

University of Manitoba

Master of Social Work, 1997

University of Calgary

Bachelor of Social Work, 1996

University of Calgary

Bachelor of Arts, 1991

Double Major in International Political Science and German Philosophy


Music Performance by Zahara

Brief Bio

Bulelwa Mkutukana (born 9 November 1987), best known by her stage name Zahara, is a South African singer-songwriter. She started singing in her school’s choir when she was six years old, and at the age of nine she was told to join the senior choir because of her strong voice.

In 2011, Zahara released her debut album Loliwe, selling over 100,000 copies in South Africa. The music video for her debut single, Loliwe, has surpassed the 7 million views mark on YouTube.

On 1 May 2012, at the annual South African Music Awards, Zahara won eight awards, including "Best Female Artist" and "Album of the Year".


African -Canadian Resource Network
Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
Multicultural Council Of Saskatchewan



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