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What's New

New Director Named at YHRC

Jessica Lott ThompsonThe Yukon Human Rights Commission is pleased to announce that Jessica Lott Thompson has been named as Director of Human Rights. Thompson will be responsible for carrying out the administration of the Yukon Human Rights Act, and for ensuring that complaints are dealt with under the Act.

Thompson is an experienced northern lawyer, and a former Federal Prosecutor with the Nunavut Regional Office of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. She has served as an adjudicator on the Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal, and has represented the Crown at the Nunavut Mental Health Review Board.

She has also worked for Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik Legal Aid in Iqaluit, for the Nunavut Department of Justice, and has held a judicial clerkship with the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 2014, Thompson served as an international election observer in Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Thompson has had a lifelong interest in human rights and civil liberties. She holds an LL.B. from the University of Victoria, and a Masters of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University. Thompson is fluent in both French and Spanish.


The Yukon Human Rights Commission is an independent commission created by the Yukon Legislative Assembly. Our mandate as laid out in Section 16 of the Yukon Human Rights Act is to promote equality and diversity through research, education and enforcement of the Act.

Also see Yukon Human Rights Regulations | Yukon Human Rights Regulations French Version , which establishes the procedures of the Commission and Board of Adjudication for administration of the Yukon Human Rights Act.

For further information about the Commission and about your rights and responsibilities under the Yukon Human Rights Act, please contact us.


101-9010 Quartz Road
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2Z5

PHONE: 867-667-6226 or 1-800-661-0535
FAX: 867-667-2662
E-MAIL: humanrights@yhrc.yk.ca