Canadian Human Rights Commission 2010 Annual Report
The Commission screens discrimination complaints from anyone who works for, or receives services from, the federal government or federally regulated organizations such as banks, transportation and telecommunications companies.
The Commission's 2 priorities last year were:
- working with First Nations to develop and increase their capacity to address human rights issues within their own communities. In June 2011, full human rights protection will become available to all First Nations people living on reserves. In its original form, the Canadian Human Rights Act excluded these individuals for matters flowing from the Indian Act, under section 67. This section was repealed by Parliament in 2008. However, First Nations communities were given a three-year transition period to prepare for this change
- providing organizations with the tools and information necessary to create a self-sustaining human rights culture in the workplace
- received 1,435 potential complaints;
- accepted 853 complaints;
- referred 166 complaints to alternate redress;
- approved 177 settlements;
- dismissed 139 complaints; and
- referred 191 complaints to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for further examination.