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