Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 10, 2009 10:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on Human Rights Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2009) - On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I am very pleased to join with Canadians across the country in observing Human Rights Day. Human rights lay the foundation on which we can build a just, equitable, and free society in Canada and elsewhere.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. In becoming party to these and other international human rights treaties, Canada demonstrates its commitment to the enjoyment and protection of these rights in this country.

Our Government invests in promoting the development, understanding, respect for, and enjoyment of human rights in Canada and abroad. In Canada, we undertake and fund educational and promotional activities involving the public, educators, non-governmental organizations, government departments, and others.

This year's theme for Human Rights Day, "Embrace Diversity, End Discrimination," reflects a core Canadian value that is found in public institutions, corporations, schools, and the media. Canadians can take pride in living in a country that is a model for all nations in this age of globalization.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications