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Rights and Freedoms Award

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Annie Pullen Sansfaçon and Olie Pullen honoured by the Rights and Freedoms Award 2016

The Commission presented its 2016 Rights and Freedoms Award to Annie Pullen Sansfaçon and her daughter Olie Pullen in recognition of their work on behalf of the rights of trans children.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR This link will redirect you to an external Website in a new window.), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse had chosen to highlight the economic and social rights as the theme of its 2016 Rights and Freedoms Award.

The candidacy files have been evaluated by a jury of three people: Camil Picard, Steve Foster and Nadin​e Vollant This link will redirect you to an external website.. The Award was presented during a ceremony held in Montréal on December 8.

News release anouncing the 2016 recipients
Learn more on economic and social rights

 

 

Action travail des femmes

Founded in 1976 to implement a job search program for women, Action travail des femmes This link will redirect you to an external website. (ATF) is a not for profit independent organization supporting socio-economically disadvantaged women, of all ages and origins, in their efforts to gain access to decent jobs, especially in non-traditional sectors. ATF reaches more than 500 women each year through information workshops on equal access to employment and on labour rights or through support and accompaniment services in legal undertakings.

In advocating and defending economic and social rights, ATF has since its creation, worked to support women find decent jobs, to safeguard their health, safety and integrity. Convinced that access to fair and reasonable employment conditions is an effective means to empower women, ATF has, through its different projects and actions of the past decades has contributed to reinforce the economic and social rights of women.

The Charter's economic and social rights

Section 46: The right to fair and reasonable conditions of employment with proper regard for the person's health, safety and well-being.

Fondation du Dr Julien

The Fondation du Dr Julien This link will redirect you to an external website. is a social enterprise whose mandate is to foster the full development of every child living in a vulnerable environment to in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It supports a network of 13 certified social pediatric centres in communities, as well as six others in the process of obtaining their certification. Together, they offer medical care, services and support to 4,000 vulnerable children and their families in Québec. The centres offer wide-ranging medical, specialized, psychosocial and legal services in a comprehensive health delivery approach based on proximity and with community partners.

Based on community social pediatrics, the Fondation relies on the strength of the child, his or her family and their milieu in order to define, with their participation, coherent actions adapted to their needs. This model fosters an interdisciplinary, intersectional and mobilizing approach to health. It allows for the constant interrelation with the child’s milieu to prevent and address problems related to their difficult living conditions, that affect his or her development, including toxic stress.

The Charter's economic and social rights

Section 39: The right of children to the protection, security and attention that their parents or the persons acting on their stead are able to provide.
Section 41: The right, in public educational institutions, to receive religious or moral education.
Section 45: The right of every person in need to sufficient financial and social assistance to provide an acceptable standard of living.

2015

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and the Commission has launch a call for nominations to honor 40 people who defend and promote the rights and freedoms in Québec. Due to this special event, the Rights and Freedoms Award has not been awarded in 2015. Read the news release

To find out the names and actions of the recipients, visit our special Website: 40ansdelaCharte.org This link will redirect you to an external website..

 

2014

Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education was given the Rights and Freedoms Award 2014 in recognition of its human rights education programs for youth and children in Montréal. 
News release anouncing the winner 
News release on the ceremony

In the picture : Jacques Frémont, president of the Commission, with Ian Hamilton, director of Equitas.

 

2013

The Commission has awarded its 2013 Rights and Freedoms Award to Steve Foster, in recognition for his exceptional contribution to the advancement of rights and freedoms of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender communities (LGBT), during a ceremony that was held on December 10, in Montréal.
News release on Steve Foster, recipient of the Rights and Freedoms Award 2013

In the picture : Jacques Frémont, president of the Commission, with Steve Foster. Credit  : Jean-Charles Hubert.

 

2012

In 2012,Journal de la Rue This link will redirect you to an external Website in a new window
. has been awarded the Rights and Freedoms Award.
News release

In the picture : Mr. Gaétan Cousineau, president of the Commission, with Raymond Viger and Danielle Simard, co-directors of the Journal de la Rue and the Minister of Justice, Bernard St-Arnaud.

 

2011

Wapikoni mobile

2010

Tolerance Foundation

2009

Regroupement des organismes Espace du Québec (ROEQ)

2008

The honourable Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré of the Québec Court

2007

Mr. Laurent McCutcheon

2006

Mr. André Paradis

2005

Coalition pour le maintien dans la communauté (COMACO)

2004

Espace Outaouais

2003

Ms. Lorraine Doucet, Service Accès Scolaire of the Regroupement pour la trisomie 21

2002

Mr. François Saillant, Coordinator of the Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU)

2001

Father Emmett (Pops) Johns, Founder and facilitator of organizations dedicated to the assistance of homeless youth

2000 - Special Edition

In order to mark the 25th anniversary of the coming into force of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Commission recognized the work of women and men who contributed to its creation :

  • Mr. Jérôme Choquette
  • Mr. Jacques Yvan Morin
  • Mr. Maurice Champagne (posthumously)
  • Mr. Paul-André Crépeau
  • Mr. Francis Reginald Scott
  • Mr. Robert Normand
  • Mr. Daniel Jacoby

The Commission also honoured the following people who were involved in the Ligue des droits et libertés' Charter drafting project :

  • Mr. Jean-Louis Roy
  • Mr. Léo Cormier (posthumously)
  • Mr. André Morel
  • Mr. Fernand Morin
  • Ms. Monique Rochon
  • Mr. René Saint-Louis
  • Ms. Monica Matte
  • Ms. Lisette Gervais (posthumously)
  • Mr. Jacques Desmarais
  • Ms. Aline Gobeil
  • Mr. Jacques Tellier

1999

Association québécoise pour les troubles d'apprentissage (AQETA)

1998 – Special Edition

In order to mark the 50th anniversary of the coming into force of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Commission has given regional prizes as well as a grand prize, which the regional recipients were qualified to receive.

Recipients of the Regional Prizes 1998

Bas-Saint-Laurent
Ms. Nikole DuBois, Originator of the project « Antidote Monde »
and
Ms. Marie-Josée Baril, Founder and General Director of the Maison de quartier de Jonquière

Québec
La Croisée

Mauricie
Espace Mauricie

Estrie
Mr. Gérard-Pierre Ti-I-Taming
Involved in the struggle against racial discrimination

Outaouais
Mouvement international Nicolas-Gatineau
and
Mr. Yvon Nepveu
and
Mr. Jean-Marie Viola

Côte-Nord
Association septilienne des loisirs, des sports et de la culture pour personnes vivant avec un handicap

Nord du Québec
The Abbot Réjean Roberge (posthumously),  Humanist

Nunavik
Mr. Zebedee Nungak,  Inuit Nation Leader

Baie-James
Mr. Ted Moses
For his involvement and support of the protection of the First Nations' rights

Gaspésie < Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Ms. Marie-Thérèse Forest
For her involvement in the promotion and the advocacy of women's rights

Chaudière-Appalaches
Ms. Louise Mathieu
For her involvement en favor of youth and family

Laval
Mr. Raymond Chrétien, Originator of the project « Sois branché »
Organisation devoted to the prevention of violence in the school environment

Lanaudière
Le Mouvement des personnes d'abord de Joliette
Organisation working with people with disabilities

Laurentides
Mr. Prudhomme, Founder of the Société d'Autisme des Laurentides

Montérégie
Association des retraités et préretraités de la région de Sorel

Centre du Québec
Sortie de secours, from the Sainte-Marie de Princeville highschool
Group devoted to preventing violence against youth

Recipients of the Grand Prize 1998

Montréal
Ms. Martha Bishop
For her exceptional involvement in the advocacy of people struggling with mental illness

Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Ms. Monique Sioui (posthumously)
For her exemplary contribution in the reconstruction of social health in aboriginal communities

1997

Ms. Lucie Lemieux-Brassard, Retiring President
Confédération des organismes de personnes handicapées du Québec (COPHAN)

1996

Mr. André Leclerc, Founder and General Director of Kéroul

1995

Comité provincial des malades

1994

Comité Ethnies-Familles, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur of Montreal

1993

Résidence Yvon-Brunet pour personnes âgées
and
Ms. Simonne Monet-Chartrand (posthumously), Humanist

1992

Ms. Michèle Rouleau, Former President, Quebec Native Women (QNW)

1991

Mr. André Jacob, Head of the Département de travail social of the Université du Québec à Montréal

1990

Association québécoise des droits des retraité-es et pré-retraité-es (AQDR)

1988

Ligue des droits et libertés

2010

The Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre
For the annual organization of the Gabriel-Commanda Walk

2009

La Maison Bleue

2007

Group of students from the Collège Mont Notre-Dame de Sherbrooke
For the initiation of a school project on the exploitation of women's bodies and hypersexualisation.

2003

The Organisation of the Marche pour la paix (Walk for freedom), driven by kids and attended by 1 000 people at Montmagny on March 22, 2003

2002

Cible Famille Brandon
and
AQDR Drummond

2001

Mr. Camil Bouchard, Professor and researcher in psychology
and
Quebec Native Women (QNW)

1999

Réseau Enfants Retour Canada

1997

Programme d'accès à l'égalité of the Service de police de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal (SPCUM)
and
Ms. Thérèse André, Painter

1992

Mr. Lucien G. Landry, President of the Conseil général des usagers du CSSMM
and
Mr. Jean-Yves Vachon, Human Rights' Advisor of the Centre de la communauté sourde du Montréal métropolitain

1991

Collège Bois-de-Boulogne
and
Théâtre Parminou

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Since 1988, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse has awarded the Rights and Freedoms Award each year to an organization or an individual as a public recognition for exceptional achievement or commitment to the defence of human rights and freedoms.

Contact person :


Meissoon Azzaria
514 873-5146, ext. 210
prixdroitsetlibertes@cdpdj.qc.ca

 

CEREMONY 2016



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