One of the major initiatives of The Asper Foundation is its Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program. The program objectives are to promote respect for others and sensitize Canadian high school students to the consequences of racism through a specially designed education program. This program, which started in 1997 in Winnipeg, Canada, is now a national initiative that is inclusive of students from many backgrounds. It is the recipient of the 2004 Human Rights Award from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission “in recognition of (its) creative means of advancing and protecting human rights and working to address racism in our communities” and The Asper Foundation received the 2008 New Brunswick Pioneer of Human Rights Award from the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission in recognition of “human rights pioneers for their historic contributions to the protection and promotion of human rights in Canada.” Read more…

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THE HUMAN RIGHTS & HOLOCAUST STUDIES PROGRAM VISITS THE CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN WINNIPEG

The Asper Foundation has announced the 2016 Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program for grade-nine students across Canada. In May 2016, six schools and community organizations from five communities in four provinces are participating in the program’s inaugural national trip to Winnipeg and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. For more information, click here.

LAUNCH OF THE NEW HUMAN RIGHTS & HOLOCAUST STUDIES WEBSITE

The Asper Foundation is pleased to unveil the new website for Human Rights & Holocaust Studies Program in time for the program’s 18th year of operations.

THE HUMAN RIGHTS & HOLOCAUST STUDIES PROGRAM GOES GREEN!

With over 1,200 high school students and chaperones from across Canada travelling to Washington, DC annually through The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program, the Foundation recognized the real need for the program to help alleviate the effects of its share of carbon dioxide emissions. The program has established an annual contribution to charitable organizations that plant and care for trees. A donation has been made to Tree Canada, a not-for-profit, charitable organization. As well, a donation has been made to the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s Go Neutral program. This year’s program donation will result in the planting of almost 1,200 trees which, when fully grown, will provide daily oxygen for up to 4,800 people and release up to 540,000 litres of water daily into the air. Please click here for program recognition from JNF Canada’s Go Neutral program and Tree Canada.

PROGRAM CELEBRATES SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS WITH FIRST NATIONS, MÉTIS, AND INUIT STUDENTS

From 2001 to 2015, over 1,000 Aboriginal students from every province spanning British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the Yukon and Nunavut territories have participated in The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program including students from Winnipeg’s inner-city and communities such as Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, ON, Norway House Cree Nation, MB (Kinosao Sipi Cree Nation), Cross Lake First Nation, MB (Pimicikamak First Nation) and Opaskwayack Cree Nation, MB. The Asper Foundation has directly contributed almost 1.9 million dollars for the participation of these students.

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