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CUPE human rights activists are gearing up for the Human Rights – Making it Happen conference at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond on November 18 to 20.

For the first time, the conference will bring all four of CUPE BC’s equity-seeking groups—workers of colour, aboriginal workers, workers with disabilities and pink triangle workers—under one umbrella to tackle key equality and human rights issues facing workers today, both on the job and in society at large.

There are so many important issues right now surrounding human rights, in our workplaces and beyond, that we’re expecting a very dynamic conference,” said Shehnaz Motani, CUPE BC’s Diversity vice-president (Workers of Colour). “From this, we hope to see delegates return to their locals and their district councils with a renewed sense of purpose in advancing equality issues.”

The conference registration will begin at 3 p.m. on November 18, with the opening session beginning at 7 p.m. followed by a reception. Please note, an aboriginal gathering that was planned for the pre-registration period has been cancelled.

The keynote speaker will be BC Human Rights Coalition executive director Susan O’Donnell.