A New Course Offered by the SJC

The SJC invites you to take part in a new certificate course:

Economic, social and cultural rights in Canada and the Global South 



What are economic, social and cultural rights? What are the agreements in place to protect them? What are groups doing in Canada to defend these rights at home and abroad?

This five-week popular education course will serve an introduction to economic, social and cultural rights. Participants will learn from guest speakers, share their knowledge, and work together to develop strategies for social change.

September 20 – October 18, 2011, Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm
Cost: $35 (Contact us if a sliding scale is needed)
Location: Centre St-Pierre, 1212 Rue Panet, Montreal (Metro Beaudry)
Wheelchair accessible. Childcare available upon request. Food and drink provided.
To register, and  for more information on participating speakers, visit www.sjc-cjs.org.

Course schedule:
Each week guest speakers will explore specific issues related to economic, social and cultural rights, and discuss their work defending these rights in Canada and the Global South.

Week One: Introduction to economic, social and cultural rights with a focus on the right to an adequate standard of living
• Equitas on the history of economic, social and cultural rights
• Project Genesis on anti-poverty activism in Montreal
• Social Justice Committee on how debt and international trade affect global poverty

Week Two: The right to work and labour rights
• PINAY on the rights of migrant Filipino women workers in Quebec
• Children’s Care International on child trafficking and international child labour

Week Three: The right to health and social security
• Head & Hands on young people’s access to sexual health care and education in Quebec
• Handicap International on anti-landmine agreements and the rights of the disabled globally

Week Four: The right to family life
• LGBT Family Coalition on the legal and social recognition of LGBT families in Quebec
• Canadian Crossroads International on women’s rights and gender-based violence in Africa

Week Five: Self-determination and the rights of indigenous people
• Chief Ghislain Picard on Plan Nord and the self-determination of First Nations in Quebec
• Father Ernie Schibli on Canadian mining and the rights of indigenous people in Latin America

This project is made possible by generous donations from the Human Rights Program, Canadian Heritage and L’Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI).

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