Thursday, May 25 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights with special guest speaker the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., C.C.
The Canada 150&Me Youth Forum on Human Rights explored issues about international and Canadian human rights, peace and reconciliation, civil society and public diplomacy.
Lloyd Axworthy taught at the University of Winnipeg and directed its Institute of Urban Affairs before serving as a member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly from 1973 to 1979. A Princeton-educated academic (PhD), he had been a student activist, which he attributed to his formative years and United Church roots. His distinguished political career would span 27 years, 6 in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and 21 in the federal Parliament.
Dr. Axworthy is best known for his term as minister of foreign affairs (1996-2000) and for innovative policies that sought to make the most of limited resources following a series of government cutbacks in the mid-1990s. He was widely credited with initiating a shift in Canadian foreign policy away from preoccupations with instruments of traditional state power and territorial security and toward human security campaigns that included and mobilized civil society actors at home and abroad. His notable human security endeavours included the successful adoption in December 1997 of the Ottawa Convention banning the production, use, stockpiling and transfer of anti-personnel landmines.
Dr Axworthy was invested as a Companion in the Order of Canada.
Senator McPhedran is a lawyer, civil rights activist and educator. She co-founded several Canadian organizations such as the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) which conducted constitutional equality test cases and interventions for 30-plus years; the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children; and the Gerstein Crisis Centre for homeless discharged psychiatric patients. Marilou was one of the most influential leaders of the 1980-81 Ad Hoc Committee of Women on the Constitution. This galvanized women across Canada and won a guarantee of equality in the constitution. Marilou was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016.
Canada Youth Delegate to the 71st Assembly of the United Nations
Ahsan graduated from Western University, concurrently completed a BA from the Richard Ivey School of Business along with a certificate in Corporate Sustainability. In addition to being a Canadian Youth Delegate to the United Nations, Ahsan has mentored and coached over 150 entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, Haiti, Guyana, and Chile. He is interested in public policy, private investment and technological innovation in building a low-carbon future for Canada and the broader world.
Vice President Business Development, Mealshare
Derek Juno is the VP of Business Development for the social enterprise, Mealshare. Mealshare offers a buy-one, give-one hunger relief program that takes place in restaurants and is on a mission to end youth hunger in our lifetime. In 2016 Mealshare was named the Canadian Social Venture of the Year by the Canadian Small Business Achievement Awards.
Freelance Journalist, Photographer and Writer
Sadia draws inspiration from her early exposure to human rights violations and the legacy of her parents’ move to Canada from Pakistan as refugees in 1990. Sadia is a freelance journalist, photographer and writer covering an array of human rights stories. Her human rights work has been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100: Canada’s Most Powerful Women award, as well as by The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Their aim is to build not only a national hub for human rights learning and discovery, but a new era of global human rights leadership.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first national museum to be built in nearly half a century, and the first outside the National Capital Region.