National Human Rights Committee

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) provides advice to the National Board of Directors (the body that runs the union between Triennial Conventions) on various equity issues. After an extensive review, the NBoD reconstituted the National Equal Opportunities Committee (EOC) as the NHRC with the following resolution adopted in June 2011.

(adopted June 2011)

WHEREAS the NBoD adopted at the PSAC 2006 Triennial Convention, Resolution GEN 55, which called on the PSAC to review the structure of the current EOC; and

WHEREAS the National President commissioned the Labour Education Centre to undertake a review of the EOC in October 2008; and

WHEREAS the objectives of the EOC Review were to review the effectiveness and challenges of the EOC in meeting its mandate; assess whether the EOC, as currently constituted, is the most viable structure; and explore and re-imagine alternative structures or strategies in advancing the human rights agenda; and

WHEREAS the EOC Review was also undertaken as part of the union’s commitment to continue to find ways to improve the union’s ability to effectively advance human rights in the workplace, union and in the broader community; and

WHEREAS the findings of the EOC Review concluded that, given the evolution of the PSAC structures and its priorities, the EOC has not been able to meet its mandate nor is it effectively advancing the union’s equity and human rights’ agenda and it is disconnected from the regional and local structures; and

WHEREAS the findings of the EOC Review also proposed that a new structure be founded upon the following principles: building the union through the human rights’ agenda, accountability to established union structures, links to established union structures and efficiency so as to enable the direct delivery of human rights work to the members of the union:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NBoD reconstitute the National Equal Opportunities Committee as the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) to advise the NBoD on human rights; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the NHRC be co-chaired by two members of the NBoD appointed by the National President; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the NHRC be composed of one representative from each Component and the five equity representatives from each Regional Council; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the equity representatives include Women, Racially Visible Persons, Aboriginal Peoples, Members with Disabilities and GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) Members; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT as a transitional measure for the duration of up to one full cycle, the eight EOC equity representatives be included in the NHRC; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the NHRC meet at least three times per cycle to provide direction on the implementation of the union’s human rights’ priorities and provide  advice on emerging human rights issues; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the members of the NHRC be accountable to the NBoD and their respective Component and Regional structures; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT regular communications be established in between meetings with the NHRC to deal with emerging human rights issues;  and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT regular reports on the work of the NHRC be provided at every NBoD meeting.

NHRC Aboriginal Representatives

Atlantic Quebec National Capital Region Ontario Prairies British Columbia North National Equity Representatives (NEP)

Charlene Vidito-Milne

Luc Tailleur

Charlotte Jacobs

James Marchand

Alex George

Heather DuDoward

Sandra Lockhart

Terry-Lynn Brant Sera

 

NHRC Component Representatives

AGR CEIU / SEIC CIU / SDI GSU / SSG NEU / SEN NHU / SNS NRU / SRN UCTE / UCET

Gus Mardli

Sebastian Rodriguez

Karen Church

Daniel Charron

Appitaq Enuaraq

Pat Todd

Judith Price

Ghislaine Jalbert

 

UEW / STE UNDE / UEDN UNE / SEN UNW / STN UPCE / SEPC USGE / SESG UTE / SEI UVAE / SEAC YEU / SEY

Bernadette Fifield

Gloria Kelly

Karoline Klüg

Yaling Xin

Jennifer Horsley

Debbie Kelly

Robin Johnson

Paul Shortt

Lisa Vollans

 

NHRC GLBT Representatives

Atlantic Quebec National Capital Region Ontario Prairies British Columbia North National Equity Representatives (NEP)

Sandy Cake

Toufic El-Daher

Jacques Marengère

Karen Church

Timothy Hunt

Paul Croes

Tracey Debaie

Elizabeth Convery  
Denis Roy

 

NHRC MWD Representatives

Atlantic Quebec National Capital Region Ontario Prairies British Columbia North National Equity Representatives (NEP)

Anne Fagan-Wood

Robin Roy

Patricia McGrath

Sue (Souad) Soubra

David Burchell

Tracy Shudo

Lorraine Hewlett

Paul Jones
Shirley Ryan

 

NHRC Racially Visible Representatives

Atlantic Quebec National Capital Region Ontario Prairies British Columbia North National Equity Representatives (NEP)

Dina Crawley

Mohamed Ait Lahcen

Carl Laguerre

Judy Phillips

Imy Bhatty

Sargy Charma

Daniel Gunn

Chris Lansdell
Ginette Thony

 

NHRC Women Representatives

Atlantic Quebec National Capital Region Ontario Prairies British Columbia North

Angela Decker

Ghislaine Jalbert

Amber Miller
Chantal Rajotte

Colleen Wice

Nancy Johnson

Kelly Megyesi

Caroline Anawak

 

 

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June 6, 2013
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