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The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties (MARL) is a non-profit, non-government, human rights and civil liberties organization. Incorporated in 1978, MARL seeks to promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties, and to defend, extend and foster the recognition of these rights and liberties in the Province of Manitoba.
MARL develops policy on the basis of democratic norms and consensus. The fundamental basis for its policies are enshrined within the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Constitution, the Manitoba Human Rights Act and other international covenants to which Canada is a signatory. Other provincial and federal edicts as well as MARL Board resolutions play appropriate roles in that regard. MARL’s function is separate from, yet complementary to, the services provided by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.
Monitoring and Response
- Charter Rights & Legislative Review MARL reviews provincial legislation and responds to issues that arise. As well, we monitor current issues related to human rights and civil liberties in Manitoba and create position statements on a wide range of issues.
- Referral MARL provides referral and/or information in response to inquiries from the public.
- Media Watch MARL monitors and responds to human rights issues which surface in the media. Responses may take the form of media releases, press conferences, letters to the editor and collaborations with other groups.
- Human Rights Education Program MARL has developed a program in human rights education which reaches a broad range of high school students. We have created a teacher’s tool kit to help put teaching human rights in context; it assist teachers to integrate human rights across the curriculum. As well, our program connects Manitoba High School students with community issues to discover the importance of human rights and civil liberties and to create a project aimed at improving and promoting these rights and liberties in their communities.
- Social Justice Clubs MARL connects and works with schools to offer the expertise necessary to organize and run social justice clubs. A MARL facilitator works with students, staff and administrators to create clubs in various schools and divisions in Manitoba. The facilitator offers workshops and engages schools in social justice issues, and projects.
- Under 18 Handbook A handbook created to educate youth about their rights and liberties. MARL continues to distribute this valuable resource at various community events.
OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND INITIATIVES
- Community Recognition Each year MARL partners with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Commission to present the Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba, and the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award at a luncheon ceremony.
- March 21stAnnual Film Festival MARL organize events each year to raise awareness of March 21st; the day for the elimination of racial discrimination.
- Canadian Multiculturalism Day MARL showcases and promotes Manitoba’s rich cultural diversity through organizing an annual public celebration of this date.
- Outreach MARL’s outreach activities include supporting the work of other organizations through providing information or through direct participation; such as working with the committees of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, the United Against Racism Advisory Committee and consulting with others in the community as we develop our own work.
Programs and Projects Funding
- The Winnipeg Foundation
- Ethnocultural Community Support Program
- Manitoba Law Foundation