Human Rights and Equity

We are a resource for all Brock community members to provide information, education, assistance, and advice issues related to human rights harassment and discrimination.

This includes harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, ancestry, creed, sex, gender identification, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status, receipt of public assistance (in housing), record of offences (in employment) and disability, as well as personal or workplace harassment.

Human Rights and Equity works with many other departments and services on campus to prevent harassment and discrimination from occurring and to quickly address incidents as they arise. We assist community members with issues of harassment and discrimination and help guide them to understand the range of options available to resolve the situation.

Our Vision

To promote an environment at Brock University that is inclusive, celebrates diversity, and does not tolerate, condone, or ignore human rights harassment or discrimination.

Our Mission

  • Promote inclusivity and prevent harassment and discrimination through increased awareness, education, and training for all Brock community members
  • Provide the university community with a central resource for assistance in addressing issues of harassment and discrimination
  • Increase coordination and cooperation between university departments and services to promote inclusion and accessibility
  • Administer the Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy and other human rights related policies to address issues of harassment and discrimination on campus

News and Events

We Are All In Relation – Indigenous Speakers Series

In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, Tecumseh Centre in partnership with Human Rights and Equity are offering a free worship series for Brock staff, students and faculty.   Join us for three or more of these workshops and receive a Certificate of Attendance.  Space is limited and registration is encouraged.  Light refreshments are served.

All workshops are being held in the Welch Hall Atrium – located in the Tecumseh Centre (near WH 69)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
What is Indigenous?
Facilitated by Connie McGregor (Bomberry), Mohawk Nation

This workshop will explore the idea that there is not just one Indigenous culture. Indigenous identity is complex and varied among Indigenous peoples throughout the world. Participants will brainstorm in small groups and present their thoughts about “What is Indigenous?”. The workshop facilitator will access multimedia      resources and participants will hear from Indigenous elders as they share knowledge about their unique cultures. Workshop participants can look forward to utilizing their five senses through wholistic learning.

The facilitator of this workshop is Connie McGregor (Bomberry). Connie is a Mohawk woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. New to the Brock University community as the Instructor for the Indigenous Mothering and Motherhood course, Connie is excited to share her knowledge and experience in the creation of dynamic learning environments.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
Reconciliation through the Two-Row Wampum

In the spirit of reconciliation, participants will work together while learning the principles associated with this distinctive wampum belt. It is significant to understand the teachings and meaning behind Indigenous symbolic items.

The facilitator of this workshop is Sherri Van Sickle.

Thursday July 5th, 2018
Understanding Privilege
Facilitator: Michelle Thomas

Considering the concept of privilege and impacts it can have on a student’s experience within an institution.  The historical context of Indigenous people, including inter-generational impacts of trauma, will be explored through lecture, video and interactive activities.

Michelle is a Seneca Bear Clan woman from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Michelle carries a diverse background in education, sociology, business, and healing and wellness. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Bachelor of Education from Brock University. She utilizes this combination of skills and expertise to assist her in creating opportunities for people to decolonize their minds. This includes work within organizations, staff and individuals. Through the use of team-building, facilitation and interactive experiences, meaningful engagement becomes a possibility within your circle. She has worked within the education, social development, addictions and employment and training sectors. Michelle strives to create culturally appropriate training and facilitation by incorporating Haudenosaunee values into her work. This creates opportunities for education and positive dialogue. Michelle has also written a creative non-fiction book entitled Beyond the Leaf’s Thickness. It is only through reclaiming your power, voice and purpose that one can make true change.

Wednesday July 18, 2018
Sharing personal experience at the Mohawk Institute Residential School
Presented by Dawn Hill

Reflecting on the past, Dawn Hill, a residential school survivor will share her personal story and experience at Mohawk Institute Residential School.  Dawn will give voice to a piece of our history that needs to be acknowledged in order to move forward.

Presented by Dawn Hill.  Born in 1949 to a Mohawk father (Turtle Clan) and a non-native mother, I resided on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory until 1957-58. Life was good and peaceful, in a happy environment, until my father passed away.  My father died in 1955. My mother tried to take care of us, but eventually had a nervous breakdown.  My whole family was placed in the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ontario.  There were seven of us.  I had two older siblings, and four younger.  I was seven going on eight.  I will relay my experiences at the Mohawk Institute Residential School up to 1961, when my sister and I were placed in foster care, north of Toronto.

Wednesday July 25th, 2018
Creating a Culturally Responsive Mindset
Presented by Luanne Martin (Mohawk, Turtle Clan) and Catherine Jamieson (Bear Clan)

In light of Truth and Reconciliation being at the forefront of many conversations, it is important to remember that reconciliation requires action.  This workshop will explore reconciling the historic truths of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in a Canadian context.  An emphasis will be place on Haudenosaune epistemology.

Luanne Martin is a Mohawk, Turtle Clan of the Six Nations Territory.  She is a lifelong resident of Six Nations and taught in the schools on the territory for over 30 years.  Since retirement, Luanne has been busy working with the Ministry of Education as part of the Joint Implementation Working Group for Truth and Reconciliation to fulfill the Calls to Action #62 & 63.  She also facilitates Brock’s Adult Indigenous Education courses on-line, and recently was the instructor for Brock’s Indigenous Women’s Literature course.  Luanne and Catherine Jamieson co-wrote The War of 1812- Indigenous Perspective, for the Six Nations War of 1812 Legacy Consortium.

Catherine Jamieson is a Six Nations Member, Bear Clan who has resided at Six Nations for 35 years.  She is a mother of two and grandmother of two boys.  Catherine has been an educator, elementary school teacher and administrator for over 26 years.  Catherine sits on the board for the Mohawk Institute Memorial Garden Committee and is on the Six Nations Education task force for the review of Six Nations Education and Life Long Learning group.  Catherine is a visual artist and has participated in Juried Arts Shows and both solo and group exhibitions.  Catherine has taught Art for many years and understands the importance of identity to both the artist and the children she has taught.

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 (Note 12 – 3 pm, 1 hour longer)
Our Sisters in Spirit
Presenter: Nick Printup

Nick Printup is a filmmaker and published author that comes from the Onondaga nation and is a member of the beaver clan.  He is also Algonquin and a registered member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation.  His Haudenosaunee name is Hi:Honh’Donh:Gwus meaning ‘He Opens The Door’.  His Anishinabe name is Gaahgii Gehjewan meaning ‘Forever Flowing Water’. Previously, Nick was a social worker working with urban at-risk indigenous youth.

Our Sisters in Spirit is a short-documentary film that explores the question of national public inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women & girls. The film was written, directed and produced by Nick Printup. The film is intended to help educate the public on the severity of this tragic issue while exposing an array of case specific injustices.  In 2015, nine students led by Nick successfully fundraised $12,560.00 in just 30-days to make his idea become a reality via the online crowd funder Kickstarter. The film won for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the College’s Film, Radio and Television Awards. The film has gone on to screened at various national and international conferences, film festivals, vigils, and Universities/Colleges.

For more information on these events, to register, or for accommodation requests please contact 905-688-5550 x 6859 or

We are All in Relation Poster

Poster for We Are All in Relation Speaker Series