Vision TV celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall with 10 public presentations across Canada related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is 50 years old this year.
“Human rights is one of Vision TV’s central areas of interest,” says Fil Fraser, president of the national television network.
“The fact that our 10th anniversary coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration couldn’t be more serendipitous,” he said.
Speakers on the Voices of Vision tour include: Paul Gorman, executive director of the U.S. National Religious Partnership for the Environment, speaking in Vancouver on faith and nature; Catherine Frazee, former head of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, speaking in Winnipeg on the rights of persons with disabilities; Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the former president of Ireland, speaking in St. John’s on economic and human rights; Justice Louise Arbour, prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunals, speaking in Montreal on the right to justice; children’s rights activist Craig Kielburger, speaking in Edmonton on the rights of the child, authors John Ralston Saul and Antonine Maillet, speaking in Moncton on the right to creative expression; human rights activist Rosemary Brown, speaking in Toronto on the right to diversity and Saskatchewan Provincial Court Justice Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, speaking in Whitehorse on the rights of women.
The speeches will be given between October and December and will be taped for broadcast on Vision TV next year.