MARL is dedicated to raising awareness for rights and liberties. We focus strongly on youth empowerment through workshops and activities that measurably increase awareness of human rights and civil liberties.
The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties offers workshops in schools on human rights issues important to Manitobans. Workshops are developed for grades 5 - 12 on a variety of subjects. Are you an educator in Manitoba, and want to learn more? Contact us.
MARL runs several community events focused on ethics, which are designed to foster dialogue and critical thinking around our shared rights. MARL works in partnership with the University of Manitoba's Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics on several events taking place throughout the year for varying age groups.
An Ethics Bowl is both a collaborative and competitive event, where teams of students analyze and discuss ethical dilemmas. They imagine, criticize, and compare bold strategies, and may even amend their original positions when faced with convincing arguments. Students have opportunities to pose and respond to probing questions, which results in a deepening awareness of the stakes and principles that animate the discussion.
The unique, collegial dynamic of an Ethics Bowl encourages students to teach and learn from one another as they take part in courageous conversations about ethical issues. This process emphasizes the skills of communication and collaboration: critical thinking, active listening, articulation and expression, open-mindedness, and respectful dialogue and disagreement. Students engage actively with peers as they share diverse views, challenge ideas and assumptions, and deepen understandings.
MARL hosts the annual Manitoba Regional High School Ethics Bowl every December.
In Spring 2019, we will be hosting the first ever Canadian High School Ethics Bowl National Tournament at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Find out more here!
A chance for community members to compete to test their ethical dialogue and thinking skills, the Ethics Slam is a fun community event held in January each year.
Throughout the year, MARL hosts a variety of Ethics Cafés, where people come together in constructive dialogue, moderated by local human rights and ethics experts, to discuss the day's most pressing issues. Past topics have included the Ethics of Security, the Ethics of Sex, and the Ethics of Sport.
MARL has a long history of events that build community education of human rights and inspire action for rights and liberties in the province. Events such as our Annual Human Rights Film Festival, Multiculturalism Day panels and discussion, as well as past events like the PhotoVoice Project, are all important MARL projects.
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