Manitobans for Human Rights
2nd Annual Torch of Dignity Relay

Monday, August 7, 2017
9 am – 12:30pm

We cordially invite you to join us at our 2nd Annual Torch of Dignity Relay! Manitobans For Human Rights Inc. supports the importance of equality and learning to all Manitobans. We exist to raise awareness for Human Rights with the ultimate goal of having Winnipeg declared a Human Rights City. This year’s event and the over 50 organizations invited to participate will showcase that goal and we invite you to share in it.

This year’s relay will begin in historic Kildonan Park and the route will proceed down Main St. to the Oodena Celebration Circle at the historic Forks site. The Bear Clan patrol and the Winnipeg Police will be honorary marshals for the route.

The Torch of Dignity’s call to action was undertaken at our first inaugural relay on June 23, 2016 which introduced our group and our message for positive dialogue, dignity and equality for all sectors of society. This year we hope to further increase awareness in conjunction with the 2017 Canada Games here in Winnipeg.

Dignitaries such as David Northcott, past CEO of Winnipeg Harvest, will be on hand to bring messages of equality, inclusion and diversity. MHRI hopes your organization will be able to join us with other notables, such as Mae Louis Campbell, Chief Jim Bear, and a diverse group of Torch of Dignity relay participants to demonstrate our commitments to human rights and dignity for all. All monies raised go to support Human Rights Learning in Manitoba.

We respectfully request that you support this year’s Torch of Dignity by sponsoring a Torch Runner or Runners, from your organization. You can do so by filling out a contact form (Torch-Reg) and mailing the registration fee to the office. If you prefer you may also support online through Eventbrite – 2017 Torch of Dignity.

If you have any questions please call me at 204 783-8374 or email 

Sincerely yours,

Mary Lou Bourgois

Torch of Dignity Chair

PS If you would like to become directly involved we encourage volunteers to join our Torch of Dignity Planning Committee that meets every Wednesday.

On Monday August 7, 2017, Manitobans will participate in the Second Annual Torch of Dignity Relay. This years Torch of Dignity symbolizes our commitment to work together to enhance human rights in Manitoba and showcases that commitment at the Torch of Dignity Relay during the 2017 Canada Summer Games mainstage opening ceremonies.

Registration and Opening ceremonies get underway at Kildonan Park 9:00 am with MLA Steven Fletcher kicking off the relay to celebrate people with disabilities in honor of Terry Fox Day. Elder Mae Louis Campbell will provide a blessing both at Kildonan Park and the Oodena Celebration Circle with Chief Jim Bear of Brokenhead First Nation bringing the official welcome to Treaty 1 territory. The honor drum will be hosted by Red Buffalo Singers.

About 50 Manitoba organizations have each nominated torch bearers to run in the 8-kilometre event, which begins with the official relay launch at 10:00 am at Kildonan Park and ending at the Oodena Celebration Circle 11:30 am at the Forks featuring Senator Mary Lou McPhedran bringing remarks as a lifetime activist for women’s human rights and keynote speaker, David Northcott, recently retired CEO of Winnipeg Harvest, for homelessness and poverty.

Prior to the Torch of Dignity arriving at the Oodena Celebration Circle we have Mother Groove entertaining the public for free prior to the torch arriving from 11:00 am til 11:30. am.

The event is sponsored by Manitobans for Human Rights Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan association dedicated to the promotion of Human Rights learning throughout the Province of Manitoba. Led by Valerie Thompson, President of Manitobans for Human Rights Inc. and featuring such human rights activists in the relay as Senator Mary Lou McPhedran, Pride Wpg, Shandi Strong, Got Bannock, Althea Guiboche, 100 Women Who Care, Jane Meagher, Operation Ezra, and hundreds of supporters participating in the Torch of Dignity Relay.

“We yearn for a world where we all learn to recognize the humanity of the other as our own.”