Christie McLeod

Christie McLeod graduated with a 3-year B.A in Human Rights and Global Studies (later renamed as Human Rights) and a 4-year degree in International Development Studies.

McLeod stepped down as Executive Director of Mondetta Charity Foundation in order to move to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. She continues to work with Mondetta Charity Foundation as their Communications Director from Toronto. 

Remaining heavily involved within the Winnipeg community, McLeod is Founder and Managing Director of the Human Rights Hub Winnipeg. This is a newly-launched interactive website developed in partnership with Global College to coordinate and promote the many events and activities taking place in Winnipeg’s human rights sector.

The Human Rights Hub is currently fundraising for the launch of the Speakers Bureau, an initiative lead by the Hub and the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties.

McLeod insists that her fondest memory at Global College was her field course which brought her to South Africa in 2013. McLeod says “this was such a unique opportunity – Canadian and South African students travelled around the country together learning about post-conflict truth, memory and reconciliation. I expected to learn about South Africa, but was surprised to learn nearly as much about myself. While I was passionate about international human rights, I realized that I knew little about the issues in my own country.”

Additionally, McLeod advocates closely with the Indigenous communities in Manitoba. Over the last two years, she has worked with Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. This community, which was forcibly relocated by the City of Winnipeg in the early 1900s, lacks an all-weather access road and has been under a boil water advisory for the last 19 years.

McLeod says “partnering with Shoal Lake 40 FN has opened my eyes to the institutionalized racism and systemic injustice that persists in our nation’s treatment of Indigenous peoples. Significant changes need to be made–perhaps in our laws and policies–to begin to rectify these injustices. While I recognize my settler perspective, I am hopeful that a thorough understanding of the law will help me to better advocate alongside Indigenous peoples and contribute to this discussion.”