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Our relationship with the voices of the vulnerable
By Sonya Nigam, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 10 December 2012
The 2012 tag line for Human Rights Day (today, Dec. 10) is “My Voice Counts” — highlighting the rights of all people to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making. (...)
Over the past seven years or so, there has been a shift in federal policy. The current government no longer sees an obligation to support civil society groups, or “special interest groups.” Funding has been cut to a number of women’s, native, prison, and environmental organizations that were providing programming and services to communities and feedback to government. No doubt these groups were also critical of government policies, but how else can we do better if we don’t hear where we are not doing so well? (...)
For more information on the silencing of Canadian civil society groups, you can visit the Voices-voix web site.
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Photo of Sonya Nigam.