Events

The CCLA – TJX “Rights Roadshow”

For nearly 30 years, CCLET has been teaching learners of all ages about their rights and freedoms through its free education programs, resources, and events. Among the most popular of CCLA’s educational offerings in Ontario is The Annual Borovoy High School Conference, named after Alan Borovoy, O.C., Executive Director CCLA 1968-2009.

The Borovoy Conference participants critically examine important rights issues from multiple perspectives as they engage directly with legal and Charter experts, community leaders, and activists, who are working to make positive social change and challenging systemic barriers in their communities and across the country.

This year, thanks to generous funding from TJX Canada, CCLA is taking the Borovoy Conference on the road to six provinces across the country.

The CCLA – TJX “Rights Roadshow” will kick off at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 4, 2021, featuring a keynote address from CCLA’s current ED, Michael Bryant and three-time National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine.

Later in the month, CCLA will be delivering The Borovoy Conference programming to students and teachers across New Brunswick. Four more roadshows are in planning for 2022, including British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.

CCLA is excited to expand its reach of The Borovoy Conference, offering learners and teachers comprehensive education on the rights and freedoms afforded to all people living in Canada. We thank TJX for their partnership in this important initiative.

Taking the Borovoy Conference Across Canada!

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2021 Roadshows

MANITOBA

November 4, 2021
Museum for Human Rights

Manitoba high school students attending this conference will have the opportunity to critically examine important rights issues from multiple perspectives as they engage directly with legal experts, community leaders, and activists, who are working to make positive social change and challenging systemic barriers in their communities and across the country.

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NEW BRUNSWICK

November 15-25, 2021
Virtual

Starting November 15, 2021, registered New Brunswick students and teachers will have access to a library of asynchronous workshops led by CCLA’s legal experts and academics, along with classroom activities that will help you learn and think critically about current rights issues in Canada – Fundamental Freedoms, Criminal Justice, Privacy, Technology and Surveillance, and Equality Rights – from multiple perspectives.

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Want the Roadshow to come to your province?

If you’d like to speak to someone to see the rights roadshow come to your province in 2022, please contact us.

About The Borovoy Conference

Former CCLA General Counsel, Order of Canada Office, and life-long activist Alan Borovoy contributed creativity, eloquence, and unstoppable force of will in the pursuit of social justice in Canada. For 40+ years, Alan grappled with Canada’s most pressing social issues, from the marginalization of Indigenous people, to police misconduct, to attacks on free speech.

For over 20 years, the CCLA/CCLET’s Borovoy Conference have immersed youth in explorations of concepts former CCLA General Counsel Alan Borovoy held dear — rights, freedoms, and critical thinking. Each conference feature a diversity of speakers including legal and Charter of Rights and Freedoms experts, community leaders, and activists, and cover cutting edge civil liberties and equality issues.

Participating students come away with sound understandings of balancing competing rights, countering injustice, and advocacy strategies. They will have also met and spoken with the people making positive social change and holding up the civil liberties barriers in their communities and across the country.

The Borovoy Conference is offered in Toronto each year and in other provinces as per demand and opportunity. In 2017 and 2019, CCLET delivered this programming out of province for the first time ever in Calgary AB, and Winnipeg, MB, thanks to the generosity of longtime supporter and partner of Alan Borovoy, Myra Merkur.

In 2021 -2022, with the generous support of TJX Canada, CCLET will be taking the Borovoy Conference on the road once again to six provinces across the country.