Members of the 18th Legislative Assembly passed Bill 30 An Act to Amend the Human Rights Act on June 6, 2019. The NWT Human Rights Commission welcomes the amendments to the Act. Bill 30 mandates changes to the structure of the Commission that will be implemented over the course of two years with all of the amendments in force by April 1, 2021.
The first changes to be implemented include a shift to a restorative approach that focuses on repairing harm and rebuilding relationships through restorative dispute resolution. The Commission has been using a restorative approach to dispute resolution for just over a year and has had positive feedback from both complainants and respondents.
The second significant change this year will add gender expression as a ground so it will be explicitly covered by the NWT Human Rights Act.
These two amendments to the NWT Human Rights Act will come into force on August 1, 2019.
The NWT Human Rights Commission works to promote a culture of inclusion through education and discussion about equality human rights and the NWT Human Rights Act.
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