BC’s Human Rights Commissioner hosts online townhall for Metro Vancouver

September 16, 2020

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Wrapping up a series of online engagements with communities across the province, B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender will host a virtual townhall event with participants from Metro Vancouver this Thursday, September 17, from 2:30–4:30 p.m.,... Read More

BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner calls for new legislation governing disaggregated demographic data collection to address systemic discrimination in British Columbia

September 15, 2020

VANCOUVER, B.C. – On Tuesday, Sept.15, BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) will issue recommendations on how the provincial government could collect and use disaggregated demographic and race-based data to reveal systemic racism and inequities in our... Read More

BC’s Human Rights Commissioner hosts online townhall with Northeastern communities

August 17, 2020

Join us on Thursday, August 20, 2020, from 2:30-4:30 pm PDT, as BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender hosts an education and engagement session via Zoom with participants from B.C.’s Northeast region. The two-hour session is an opportunity to... Read More

BC’s Human Rights Commissioner hosts online townhall for rural/remote communities

August 4, 2020

Join us on Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 2:30-4:30 pm PDT, as BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender hosts an education and engagement session via Zoom with participants from B.C.’s rural and remote regions. The two-hour session is an... Read More

BC’s Human Rights Commissioner hosts online townhall for Vancouver Island and coast

July 6, 2020

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, from 2:30-4:30 pm PDT, BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender will be hosting an education and engagement session via Zoom with participants from BC’s coast and Vancouver Island. The two-hour session is an opportunity... Read More

Response to Premier Horgan from BC’s Human Rights Commissioner on the Collection and Use of Disaggregated Data

June 23, 2020

Dear Premier Horgan, Thank you for your letter of June 16, 2020 regarding the collection of race-based and disaggregated data. I appreciate you reaching out for my advice on this important and timely issue. As you know, on June... Read More

B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner Hosts Online Townhall for Northwest B.C.

June 23, 2020

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, from 2:30-4:30 pm PDT, BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender will be hosting an education and engagement session via Zoom with participants from BC’s Northwest. The two-hour session is an opportunity to hear from... Read More

BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Hosts Education and Engagement Session for Interior B.C.

June 9, 2020

On Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 2:30-4:30 pm, BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender will be hosting an education and engagement session via Zoom with participants from BC’s interior. The two-hour session is an opportunity to hear from people... Read More

Human Rights Commissioners Call for a National Strategy for the Collection of Disaggregated Health Data

June 5, 2020

Today, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial human rights commissions issued a letter calling on the Government of Canada to develop and implement a nation-wide strategy for the collection of disaggregated health data focused on race and Indigeneity. ‘Colour-blind’ approaches... Read More

Domestic Violence During COVID-19: Representative for Children and Youth and Human Rights Commissioner Call for Increased Visibility of Supports and Resources

April 17, 2020

British Columbia is currently marking Prevention of Violence Against Women Week (April 12-18). Never has this week been more important to mark than now, during the current COVID-19 pandemic. .PDF of the release is available here. “Family violence rises... Read More

A Call for Human Rights Oversight of Government Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 15, 2020

Today, more than 300 human rights leaders and organizations from across Canada joined together to call for oversight of government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The joint statement follows below. A Call for Human Rights Oversight of Government Responses... Read More

A Call to Name and Remember: BC’s Human Rights Commissioner’s Statement on the Anniversary of the Quebec City Mosque Shooting

January 29, 2020

Three years ago, Canada was rocked by shock and horror as a terrorist attack claimed the lives of six men at a Quebec City mosque and injured many others. “I honour the memories of those who were cruelly taken... Read More

Letter to the First Nations LNG Alliance from BC’s Human Rights Commissioner

January 23, 2020

In response to an open letter addressed to Commissioner Govender from the First Nations LNG Alliance, dated January 19 2020, the Commissioner issued the following letter. The Commissioner’s statement of January 10, 2020 is in line with Resolution no,... Read More

Statement from BC’s Human Rights Commissioner on UN CERD’s Decision Statement

January 10, 2020

BC Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender issued the following statement regarding the recent decision statement by the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). “In my lifetime, there has never been a more important time for Canada... Read More

BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Celebrates Human Rights Day!

December 10, 2019

Each year, on Human Rights Day, people around the world mark the anniversary of United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—the first time in our history that nations came together to document the inalienable rights of... Read More

BC Human Rights Commissioner Statement on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2019

Vancouver– 30 YEARS AFTER THE ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE MASSACRE, THE HATEFUL IDEAS THAT LED TO THE MURDER OF 14 WOMEN ARE STILL WITH US. In 1989, a gunman walked into an engineering classroom, ejected the men from the room, and told... Read More

BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Applauds Initial Steps to Implement UNDRIP in B.C.

October 24, 2019

VANCOUVER – Today, the Province of British Columbia introduced legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). “The legislation introduced today is an important moment in B.C.’s journey of reconciliation,” said Human Rights... Read More

BC’s New Human Rights Commissioner takes Oath of Office

September 3, 2019

Victoria, B.C. – Kasari Govender was sworn in by Acting Clerk Kate Ryan-Lloyd as B.C.’s new human rights commissioner at the Legislature today. The Office of the Human Rights Commissioner will be headquartered in Vancouver. It is Canada’s first... Read More