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Human Rights & Social Justice

Project Overseas, Imagineaction, Speak Truth To Power, OSU Children’s Library Fund, Plant Love Grow

©UNESCO Days of Awareness

International Day of Light: May 16

Light plays a central role in our lives. On the most fundamental level, through photosynthesis, light is at the origin of life itself. The study of light has led to promising alternative energy sources, lifesaving medical advances in diagnostics technology and treatments, light-speed internet and many other discoveries that have revolutionized society and shaped our understanding of the universe. These technologies were developed through centuries of fundamental research on the properties of light – starting with Ibn Al-Haytham’s seminal work, Kitab al-Manazir (Book of Optics), published in 1015 and including Einstein’s work at the beginning of the 20th century, which changed the way we think about time and light.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development: May 21

Held every year on 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. The United Nations General Assembly first declared this World Day in 2002, following UNESCO’s adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development and global peaceful coexistence.”

International Day for Biological Diversity: May 22

Biodiversity is the living fabric of our planet. It underpins human wellbeing in the present and in the future, and its rapid decline threatens nature and people alike. According to the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services(link is external) released in 2019 by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) at UNESCO, the main global drivers of biodiversity loss are climate change, invasive species, over-exploitation of natural resources, pollution and urbanization. The Global Report demonstrated the responsibility of human activities in the loss of biodiversity, which amounted to 75% for terrestrial ecosystems. This assessment also indicated that solutions existed and that it was not too late to act.

Summer Bridge Program (2021)

The Summer Bridge Program (SBP) Team is looking for dynamic leaders (with a Child Studies/Education background or interested in Education) to be a part of our team.  We are a group of exceptional volunteers (SBP leaders) who are dedicated to helping vulnerable students maintain their reading during the summer. SBP leaders will receive training sessions on current reading strategies used in the primary school classroom.  As reading sessions are given virtually, SBP leaders offer their available hours during the summer. This is a great opportunity to broaden your teaching repertoires and to be a part of an amazing team of SBP leaders!   

For interested applicants, please contact the program director at the following email:

Roots & Shoots

Canadian Black History Resources

Resources to Support Students Dealing with Mental Health Issues

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Our goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all Canadians.

Learn more about our work and programs.

Fondation Monique-Fitz-Back

Through its actions, Fondation Monique-Fitz-Back wishes to reach as many young people and educators as possible throughout the province of Quebec. With this in mind, we try to make our services and pedagogical tools as accessible as possible. However, much of our content is still only available in French. We are doing our best to change this situation and offer more bilingual content.

The following educational tools are available in English:

Implementing 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion: A Tipsheet for Change Champions in the Youth-Serving Sector

2SLGBTQ+ young people deserve access to inclusive and affirming community, health, education and social services across the youth-serving sector. This tip-sheet is geared towards leaders and champions in the youth-serving sector, particularly managers and organizational leadership teams, to support the implementation of 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in their organizations.

Project Overseas 2020

The Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) Committee works to provide opportunities and resources for teachers including sustainability education, classroom and community-based projects, supports teachers worldwide, provides education opportunities for children living in poverty, contributes financial donations (e.g. Hurricane Matthew), and provides teachers with opportunities to volunteer overseas (e.g. Namuwongo Project).

Frequently asked questions

The committee has ties with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Plant Grow Love, The Humanitarian Coalition, the Namuwongo Project, OSU Children’s Library Fund, Geoscope, among others.

A: Each situation is analyzed by a CNEEST agent and is based on the medical notes provided by the doctor. In fact, it is the doctor who begins the process with the CNESST by filling out the medical report indicating the diagnosis and the link to employment.

This is why is it important to make an appointment with the doctor on the day the accident at work occurs and to fill out the register of accidents available in your school or centre.

A: Recognition of an occupational injury by the CNESST allows you to:

  • retain your full salary with access to medical rehabilitation services until your condition has stabilized;
  • have recognized any permanent disabilities and functional restrictions relating to your job;
  • retain days in your sick-leave bank;
  • facilitate recognition of a recurrence, relapse or aggravation of the initial injury in the future.

QPAT members can apply to volunteer overseas with CTF’s Project Overseas, and the Namuwongo Project.

For more information on these organizations, volunteer opportunities, and the work of the HRSJ Committee, contact your local union.

Need additional help?

You may contact QPAT via email at any time. However, your local union represents you on behalf of the provincial Association. Your local union is the first place to call for more Information