The All Party Parliamentary Group to End Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking
The APPG to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (the End Modern Slavery Group) was founded in 2018 by current Co-Chair MP Arnold Viersen and fellow Parliamentarians MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, MP Christine Moore, and Senator Dan Christmas. The 2021 membership list includes 32 members and four co-chairs from across political parties and the Independent Senators Group.
The group seeks to effectively fight against slavery in Canada. This APPG modeled the United Kingdom’s successful APPG on Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery: firstly, in a firm multi-partisan approach through co-chairs belonging to different parties, and secondly, in a dedicated partnership with a non-governmental research organization.
The End Modern Slavery Group has hosted survivor-led speaking engagements, worked together to table a bills, and engaged with international stakeholders in an effort to abolish all forms of modern-day slavery.
- Long before the New York Times revelations on Pornhub, the APPG alerted the government and the public to the circulation of sexual exploitation material on pornographic platforms;
- After three years of our group’s efforts, the House of Commons recognized February 22 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This will allow for better coordination in the fight against this scourge, which disproportionately affects Indigenous or racialized young women and girls;
- The group supported the introduction of Bill S-216 against modern slavery and pressed the government to ensure that our supply chains are free from forced labour and child labour. Both the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party made commitments in this regard in their last election platform.
The activities of the End Modern Slavery Group are supported by a partnership with the International Justice and Human Rights Clinic (IJHR Clinic) at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. The IJHR Clinic is an external research group for the APPG that conducts legal and policy research on measures to eradicate modern slavery. The partnership with the IJHR Clinic has equipped the APPG to make significant advances in fighting human trafficking in Canada and abroad.