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Rights not wrongs: The role of unions in creating a better world will bring together more than 200 social justice activists from across the province to gain knowledge, learn new strategies, and build networks.  This event will feature leading BC human rights speakers on First Nations, peace, antipoverty, women’s rights, antiracism, and international issues.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Paul Shaker, Dean of the Faculty of Education, on Thursday evening; and Stephen Lewis, public speaker, former politician, broadcaster, and diplomat, on Friday evening.

Delegates will be invited to attend a selection of workshops, plenary discussions, and small group sessions throughout the two days of the conference.  Among the workshops offered are: Antiracism education: Building community within the multicultural classroom, Technology and media: Help or hindrance in achieving social justice, Racial profiling, Issues in Aboriginal education, Live-in caregivers and human rights, and Migrant workers’ issues.

On Saturday, Dr. Michael Byers of the University of British Columbia will conduct a workshop entitled: The changing face of Canada: Human rights on the international stage.
Members of the media are welcome to attend part, or all, of this two-day event, which begins Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street.

Full conference details can be found at http://bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=15120.

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For more information, contact Kathleen MacKinnon, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).

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