StFX “Got Out The Vote” in October, and in a follow up to that campaign, the campus is set to welcome Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, for a keynote address “After the Election: What Now for Canada and Human Rights.”
The public lecture, which takes place during International Development Week, is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium and is co-hosted by StFX Students’ Union, the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership and StFX’s Human Rights and Equity Office.
"One of the core functions of a students' union is to advocate for change, so providing the opportunity for students to engage with Alex Neve, who works all over the world in human rights is really exciting for us,” says Hannah Stordy, StFX Students’ Union vice-president.
“Having him come to campus and offer to spend time providing workshops for students involved in social justice work, and advising them on their projects and how to make change is at the core of what StFX stands for, and will leave a lasting impression on this campus,” she says.
Mary Coyle, the executive director at the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, says she is happy to be working with the Students’ Union and the StFX Human Rights and Equity Office to host Mr. Neve on campus.
“He is a prominent and highly principled Canadian leader. We are very fortunate to have him with us at X to kick off International Development Week and to bookend our Get Out the Vote efforts from the fall.
“Everyone at StFX worked hard to promote participation in the recent federal election. Alex Neve will challenge us to keep ourselves and our elected government accountable on the many important human rights issues of our time.”
“Amnesty International is a very credible and high profile human rights international organization so it will be quite interesting to hear Alex Neve identifying the pressing human rights challenges this new government faces both nationally and internationally (foreign policy),” says Marie Brunelle, StFX’s human rights and equity advisor.
Mr. Neve has been a member of Amnesty International since 1985 and has served as Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada since 2000. In that role, he has carried out numerous human rights research missions throughout Africa and Latin America, and closer to home to such locations as Grassy Narrows First Nation in Ontario and to Guantánamo Bay. He speaks to audiences across the country about a wide range of human rights issues, appears regularly before parliamentary committees and UN bodies, and is a frequent commentator in the media.
He is a lawyer, with a law degree from Dalhousie University and a masters degree in international human rights law from the University of Essex. He has served as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board, taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Ottawa, been affiliated with York University's Centre for Refugee Studies, and worked as a refugee lawyer in private practice and in a community legal aid clinic. He is on the board of directors of Partnership Africa Canada, the Canadian Centre for International Justice and the Centre for Law and Democracy.
Mr. Neve has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Trudeau Foundation Mentor and has received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick.