neXt Meets With UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Posted May 17th, 2012 in In the News

On May 9, 2012, neXt Company Theatre was invited to a civil society meeting on migrant workers with Olivier de Schuter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. The meeting, which Karrie Porter attended on behalf of neXt, was part of his 11-day mission to Canada, his first to a developed country.

In attendance were representatives from several migrant workers advocacy groups, social services agencies, the UFCW, the Agricultural Workers Alliance, academics, church groups, and former migrant workers. de Schuter, who sat in the audience with the rest of the group, took many notes and asked several questions during five presentations on migrant workers’ issues. Attendees were also invited to submit reports to the Rapporteur, who will present his findings and raise concerns to government officials. His report will also be presented to the UN Human Rights Council and will form part of Canada’s official international human rights record.

After the formal presentations, attendees were able to network and discuss their work. There was definite interest and excitement on our plans to work with migrant workers on the Travelling Roadshow later this summer. neXt was the only arts organization in attendance, suggesting there is a lot more important work to be done to include migrant workers and their stories into the cultural realm in Canada.



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