We're just starting Gender Diversity Awareness week, so Jim Hutchings invited Mikayla, Dylan, and Stephanie from CJTR's GenderTalk program to guest on Human Rights Radio and talk about gender awareness. They covered many topics in lively conversation and also talked about events happening in the coming week. Check out their webpage
This morning, Daylene Sliz, Gord Barnes and Jim Hutchings spoke with Gloria Nafziger, long-time Amnesty International staff member from the Toronto office, who works on refugee issues and on Iranian human rights issues in particular. She told us about several specific cases where rights advocates and sometimes their lawyers are detained, imprisoned, and tortured. Their main "crime".....disagreeing with the government.
Gord Barnes, Daylene Silz, and Jim Hutchings speak with Edenwold high school student, Stuart Hall about what he and fellow students learned in their trip to El Salvador. Stuart spoke about the bad behavior of Canadian mining companies in El Salvador and how the people of this country are struggling to improve their lives.
Today Samilha Farah Ali talks with Amnesty activist, Crystal Giesbrecht, about International Women's Day, where did it come from and why it is still observed. We also talk about the program taking place in Regina over the next few days.
Today Gord Barnes and Jim Hutchings were able to talk with Amnesty International Campaigner Tara Scurr about AI's campaign to ensure Canadian bank and pension investments respect human rights.
Today, Jim Hutchings got to talk with self-styled "Naomi Ness Creek" who is the creator of the "I WILL HELP REGINA" Facebook page. Naomi dedicates a very large part of her life to orchestrating help for many people in Regina, including people who are marginalized in one way or another. She and her group of 1600 volunteers find ways to fill needs for people who need a hand. We get a glimpse of how and why she does what she does.
Jim Hutchings talks with UofR students, Carey, Nicole, Mikayla, and Sarah about the "Have a Heart" campaign they have been working on to help in the ongoing quest for fairness in the providing of First Nations children's education and health care.
Today Brenda Dubois returns to Human Rights Radio, after a three year absence, to help us understand the ruling handed down by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on January 26, 3 days ago, in which they agree with First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Assembly of First Nations and call on the federal government to "Cease the discriminatory practice and take measures to redress and prevent it". Click here to see the ruling. Brenda has been involved with child and family wellness for decades and she shares with us her point of view on things that need to be done to begin to improve supports for First Nation families so we can break out of the destructive cycle and allow First Nations children to thrive.
Today Gord Barnes and Jim Hutchings spoke with award winning author Jim Daschuk about some of the pre-colonial history of the North American Plains First Nations and how the Canadian Government broke its Treaty promises, sometimes mere months after signing the documents through lack of promised rations and medicines, condemning first nations people to death by starvation and illness, part of Sir John A MacDonald's plan to build a railroad and settle the West.
Today Jim Hutchings spoke with two refugees from the troubled state of Burundi. Ritva Gahimbar and her friend "Natalia" (not her real name) talked about the increasing unrest in their former country. It all started when the president, Pierre Nkurunziza, announced a third term of office which goes against the country's constitution. Now government supporters and police are identifying and attacking those accused of opposition to the government. Amnesty International has warned that Burundi is on the brink of a civil war.