SPEAKER: Reginald Newkirk
Like many of our students, Mr. Newkirk
chose Canada as his
home, moved to Alberta from the United States in 1968 and became a citizen three years later.After graduation from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta
, with a degree in history and philosophy, Mr. Newkirk
embarked on a career devoted to the protection of human rights.For fifteen years he served extensively in this field with the federal, provincial and territorial Human Rights Commissions.He
worked in the areas of Native rights, as executive director of the Yukon Human Rights Commission
, labour relations, as the Assistant Director of the Human Rights Branch of the Ministry of Labour
in British Columbia, as Western Regional Director of the Canadian Human Rights Commission
in Vancouver and family violence prevention, as the Executive Director of the B.C. Institute
on Family Violence.Furthermore, Mr. Newkirk
has helped develop policies related to promoting racial harmony with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
.Currently, Mr. Newkirk runs his own consulting company, Parity Consulting, in Lumsden, Saskatchewan where one of his chief activities is the spearheading of the very successful Healing Racism workshops with colleague, journalist and educator Nathan Rutstein.
After 4 years developing the processes of the Institute, Mr. Newkirk
and Mr. Rutstein co-authored a guide to this process "Racial Healing: The Institutes for the Healing of Racism".
...Mr. Newkirk is a skilled trainer and group facilitator and he is considered to be among Canada's top human rights and race relation experts.
Because of his
ability to handle challenging issues with sensitivity, care and humour, Mr. Newkirk
is sought after as a public and motivational speaker by many different organizations, businesses and groups.
Bridges to the Future"Values and Integrity in Organizations: On Creating a High Performance Non-Profit/ Civil Society Organization"ByReginald Newkirk