The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) achieved unprecedented success in the 2012-13 fiscal year. From increased case resolution through mediation, to milestones in the development of the citizenship education program, and to the use of selective litigation which lead to the forceful validation by the Supreme Court of Canada that hate speech has no place in our provincial public discourse, the SHRC worked hard to uphold its legislated mandate.
This success is also an indicator of the strength of the provincial legislation that guides the work of the Commission. The SHRC has always had a strong mandate to resolve discrimination complaints and educate the public about their responsibilities as well as their rights. However, the changes to the legislation that were enacted in 2011 by the provincial government, referred to as the Commission’s Four Pillar Model, further enabled the SHRC to act in a proactive manner to resolve systemic issues and to focus resolution efforts on cooperation and mediation.
Our emphasis on appropriate case resolution is also generating precedent-setting results in the current fiscal year. At this point in our 2013-14 year, 159 complaints have been resolved through settlement, dismissal, or withdrawal. Of this number, however, the SHRC closed 80 cases through mediation or negotiation. In practical terms, a complaint is mediated, negotiated, or settled every business day. In all cases, our goal is to work with the parties to attain practical, often unique, and appropriate solutions.
Saskatchewan is a diverse, multi-ethnic, and growing province that attracts newcomers to join our workforce and our communities. The SHRC is proud to assist individuals, businesses, and organizations strengthen our pluralistic society.
- Annual Report 2012/2013: Four Pillars - One Vision (PDF)