Partners and endorsements

Organizing partners

Advisory Committee

  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Québec)
  • Australian Council for Human Rights Education
  • Amnesty International


Government partners 




  • The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Power Corporation
  • Alliance Corporation
  • Banque de développement du Canada (BDC)
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Tourisme Montréal




“I trust that the Conference will serve to spawn candid conversations about the state of inclusion and human rights in the world today and, more importantly, how best to respond to the challenges that our societies face. In this regard, the Conference could not be more timely.

The gathering in Montréal will affirm the indispensable role of civil society in protecting and promoting human rights and strengthening the rule of law through education. Please be assured that Canada stands ready to support this important work.”
– The Honourable Chrystia Freeland P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

“As we strive toward full inclusion and equality in all aspects of society, initiatives such as this conference are helping us reach this goal. This event is instrumental in working to eliminate discrimination, racism and prejudice in all its forms and promoting reconciliation.” – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism

“I (…) offer my strongest encouragement and support to this Conference, and trust it
will contribute to greater understanding of how we can work as a global community to
address human rights challenges, and to promote greater inclusion, understanding and
respect.” – The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia

“The Government of Québec is proud to be associated with this 8th International Conference on Human Rights Education, which will bring hundreds of civil society representatives from around the world to Montréal to identify solutions and concrete actions to protect and promote human rights and freedoms.” – Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Québec

“Human rights education plays a leading role in Montréal’s daily life.  That’s why it’s a natural fit for the City of Montréal to be associated with an event such as the 8th International Conference on Human Rights Education: Bridging Our Diversities. This year, as we mark the 375th anniversary of our city’s founding, the conference, initiated by Equitas and including many important partners such as the United Nations, will make a significant contribution to advancing human rights education.” – Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal

“There is a feeling of urgency leading into this conference. Intolerance continues to be a dangerous and destabilizing force around the world. A durable solution takes commitment and collective resolve that spans government, educators, non-profit organizations, and all of civil society.” – Alan Shepard, President and Vice-Chancellor, Concordia University, Canada

“Past conferences were organised by academic organisations, so it is a most welcome step forward to have a non- government organisation host this year’s conference, particularly one like Equitas which conducts human rights education programs all over the world for human rights defenders, educators and policy-makers, as well as for children and youth. Equitas is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. We can all look forward to learning about Equitas’ innovative methodologies, the global reach of its networks and the strength of its partnerships.”
– Dr. Sev Ozdowski AM, President, Australian Council for Human Rights Education

David Lametti, Member of Parliament for LaSalle—Émard—Verdun, Canada

Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University, Australia