The Dignity Initiative is a network of organizations and individuals from across Canada interested in encouraging a stronger Canadian voice on human rights issues facing LGBTI communities around the world. The initiative has the twin objectives of strengthening both solidarity work by Canadian civil society groups and Canada’s foreign policy commitment to the realization of human rights for LGBTI people internationally.
Formed shortly after the WorldPride Human Rights Conference, held in Toronto in June 2014, the initiative is led by a working group of 22 individuals from across Canada, representing a range of organizations. The working group provides overall governance and advice to the Dignity Initiative.
The fiscal and administrative sponsor for the Dignity Initiative is currently the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. The Network is also providing research and communications support. The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto is providing additional support around research. The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta is also providing resources and support to the initiative.