Vision Statement

The vision of the MHR is that every person in the Province of Manitoba, Canada, receives all of the human rights enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was ratified in its entirety by the Government of Canada in 1948.

Mission Statement #1

HUMAN RIGHTS LEARNING: The Mission Statement of  MHR is to bring human rights learning to as many Manitobans as possible, so that each person knows their individual rights and the individual rights of all other Manitobans. In doing so, we are actively moving towards achieving our vision.  

Mission Statement #2

MHRI STEERING COMMITTEE: The Steering Committee will be made up of representatives of a variety of organizations working on many different human rights issues for the purpose of initiating a dialogue on how to work together to set priorities in the setting of goals and strategies in recognition of the interconnectedness and indivisibility of human rights for all Manitobans, young and old, and to collectively undertake action and research focused on preventing and reducing abuses of these human rights, with the goal of having Winnipeg designated as a Human Rights City.

Additional Information about our missions

The organization follows the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The MHR is discovering in its work that very few people are familiar with this important universal declaration which was ratified in its entirety by the Government of Canada, in 1948. The purpose of this process is to underscore the integration of human rights learning so that it becomes a way of life, resulting in a more inclusive and caring community. Understanding of human rights serves an important preventative function and also helps to empower certain citizens who want to work to achieve a better quality of life for themselves and their families.

Manitobans for Human Rights has started to form a Steering Committee that will include many individuals, groups, associations and agencies working on some aspect of human rights, however, often working separately and in isolation of one another. It is the hope that by working together with Human Rights, as an overriding factor, the participants will learn from one another and have a more specific understanding of the barriers faced by each group. The sharing of data, resources, issues and stories will hopefully underline the interconnectedness and indivisibility of human rights for all groups. The goal is for the steering committee to prioritize together to provide research and activity to bring about more effective change that benefits all.

The MHR has actively been involved in the process of forming 12 potential sub committees, open to expansion, whose representatives will sit on the steering committee. These sub committees include the following:

 1.     Affordable Housing

2.     Children and Youth

3.     The Environment

4.     Indigenous People

5.     Immigration

6.     LGBTTQA (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two spirited, queer, allies)

7.     Mental Health and Addiction

8.     Persons with Disabilities

9.     Poverty and Homelessness

10.   Racism

11.   Seniors

12.   Women

More about MHR

  • Non-profit, non-partisan association
  • Promote human rights learning throughout Manitoba to different sectors
  • All people, regardless of age, gender, or identity
  • Know the holistic vision and practical mission or human rights for it to be relevant
  • Have Winnipeg designated a Human Rights City
  • Develop a community based on equality, free from discrimination

Manitobans for Human Rights is a non-profit, non-partisan association that has two main goals in mind.

The first is to promote Human Rights learning throughout the Province of Manitoba, to many different sectors of society. This goal is based on the conviction that for human rights to be effective, all women, men, youth and children must know, must-own and internalize the holistic vision and practical mission of human rights –so that in a dynamic way it becomes relevant to their daily concerns.

The second goal is to work towards the goal of having Winnipeg designated as a Human Rights City, to the gradual development of a community based on equality and non-discrimination, a place that encourages people to more actively participate in the decisions that affect their daily lives guided by the human rights framework.

How we came to be

In 2010 Valerie Thompson, President of MHR asked Shulamith Koenig (Shula) if she would come to Winnipeg from New York for a keynote speaking engagement. Shula stayed with Valerie and the two became great friends. Shula came to Winnipeg a total of four times. Shula talked with Valerie about human rights learning and about Winnipeg becoming a Human Rights City. Valerie made the decision to make both Human Rights learning in Manitoba, and Winnipeg being designated a Human Rights City her goal. In 2014 Valerie Thompson and five other people who are passionate about human rights formed Manitobans for Human Rights Inc.


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

– Martin Luther King Jr.