Calgary, October 2, 2020 – The GlobalFest Human Rights Forum returns, online, with “Breaking the Cycle 2.0”

When: Noon-1pm daily, plus question time –
Tuesday 13 October: “Becoming an Ally”
Wednesday 14 October: “Diversifying Organisational Leadership”
Thursday 15 October: “Institutional Change”
Friday 16 October: “Indigenous Racism in Alberta”

10am-11am, plus question time –
Saturday 17 October: “Raising Anti-Racist Kids”


What: GlobalFest Human Rights Forum

GlobalFest tackles Racism and Discrimination

The Human Rights Forum, presented by UNACanada-Calgary Branch, has been offered since 2007 as part of GlobalFest’s programming to promote diversity, cross cultural respect, and equality in the Calgary community. The annual Human Rights Forum topics are structured around the UNESCO’s Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination.

Recognized as an excellent platform for sharing experiences, knowledge, and practical solutions necessary to address issues of racism and discrimination, the Human Rights Forum encourages systemic change across the Canadian community in a positive and safe environment.

2020 heralded incredible change on a global scale, from the outbreak of the pandemic to the largest civil rights movement in living memory. This year’s forum, originally scheduled for Calgary’s New Central Library in May, will instead take place online over five days this month. Many Canadians believe racism isn’t “that bad” in Canada, and turn a blind eye to microaggressions and inequality in public services, workplaces and schools. 

The five sessions, with the overarching theme “Breaking the Cycle 2.0”, aims to tackle a number of issues and offer pathways to change: 

-Becoming an Ally

-Diversifying Organisational Leadership

-Institutional Change

-Indigenous Racism in Alberta

-Raising Anti-Racist Kids

An incredible cast of speakers will present via an online forum and include Taylor McNallie of Rural Alberta Against Racism; Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America; and Dr Aaron Wong, creator of the Conscious Clinic Movement.

Registrations are open now, and all sessions are offered free. Visit for more information.

About GlobalFest

GlobalFest is a not-for-profit society dedicated to celebrating and showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence within our communities locally and across the globe. We are committed to producing an inclusive, world-class, multi-faceted arts and cultural festival that will enhance Alberta’s reputation as a truly international destination.

For more information, please contact: 

Olwen Bell | Marketing & Communications Manager GlobalFest

P: 403-569-9679 | E: