Human rights the topic of symposium for students in Oakville, Burlington, Milton


Published November 30, 2023 at 12:07 pm

A symposium highlighting human rights is being held for students in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.

The Halton District School Board is host the fifth annual Human Rights Symposium Monday, Dec. 11, to engage in vital conversations and challenge thinking.

The theme of this year’s event is Holistic Health: Our voices, our stories, our calls to action. The focus is physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social holistic health as a human right regardless of age, background or socio-economic status.

This year’ symposium has been designed by students for students.

“The annual Human Rights Symposium unites diverse voices in a shared commitment to addressing common issues,” said Curtis Ennis, the Board’s Director of Education. “It is a standing reminder of the value of coming together to engage in collaborative dialogue and collective action.”

The Human Rights Symposium will feature a speaking panel of students and will be a virtual event for HDSB students in Grades 7 to 12 and staff. Registration is not required and information on how to access the event will be shared with students and staff.

“The year’s Human Rights Symposium provides an opportunity for our HDSB community to discuss the common barriers to holistic health and identify the ways we can address and dissolve those barriers to ensure equal access to well–being for all,” said Jennie Petko, Superintendent of Education with responsibility for Human Rights, Equity, Inclusive Education and Indigenous Rights.

“We recognize the importance of participating in vital discussions to challenge our thinking. The Human Rights Symposium provides an opportunity for educators and students to come together to examine important issues and drive actionable change.”

For more information about the HDSB Human Right Symposium, email [email protected].

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