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March 10: Buttedahl Memorial Lecture with Shelagh Day

The 2016 Paz and Knute Buttedahl Memorial Lecture will take place Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7- 9pm in Allard Hall Room 104, co-sponsored by UBC’s Department of Educational Studies and the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies.

The lecture will feature Shelagh Day, speaking on “The National Inquiry on Murders and Disappearances of Indigenous Women and Girls: What Is It? How Should It Work?”.

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In PDF: Buttedahl Memorial Lecture Poster 2016



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Annual Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice

Thursday, October 29, 2015 – 18:00 to 20:00

Speaker:Kim Pate (Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights, University of Saskatchewan)

Kim is the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS), a federation of autonomous societies which work with, and on behalf of, marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized women and girls throughout Canada. A lawyer and teacher by trade, she has completed post-graduate studies in the area of forensic mental health.

Topic: The Terrible Truth About Canadian Crime: No Justice for Indigenous Women

Kim Pate will identify current trends in the increased criminalization and imprisonment of Indigenous women, especially those who are poor, victimized and have mental health issues.  Within the context of current legislative and political trends, she will further elucidate some of the social context and inequality issues that contribute to the over classification and limited programming and treatment options which result in Indigenous women being the fastest growing prison population and the least likely to be conditionally released. Kim will also discuss potential legal strategies and challenges to address these issues.

DLA Piper Canada Hall (Rm 104)

Please RSVP for this event: eventassistant@allard.ubc.ca

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Upcoming Lecture: Shelly Johnson

Assistant Professor Shelly Johnson (Mukwa Musayett – walking with bears), University of British Columbia School of Social Work, will present her lecture, “Take No Prisoners: Indigenous Women Leaders in the Provincial First Nations Court”, at the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies lecture series on Tuesday, October 6th at 12:30pm in Room 122.

CFLS Lecture Poster 10.06.2015 Shelly Johnson 

For lecture details see the CFLS Lecture Poster (Shelly Johnson).



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UN Human Rights Committee Report

The United Nations Human Rights Committee released this report yesterday, which raises critical concerns about the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, and more.

Some of our feminist friends worked hard on submissions to this UN committee, including Sharon McIvor, Shelagh Day, and Gwen Brodsky.

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Upcoming Lecture: Sarah Rauch on “Mothers and Babies Together Inside”

“THE SCOPE OF SECURITY AND EQUALITY: Mothers and Babies Together Inside”

Join us for this lecture on Tuesday, 19 November @ 12:30 in Allard Hall room 123.

A recent question in BC Supreme Court posed by our UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic with co-counsel at Fasken Martineau asks whether the scope of rights protected under our Charter includes the rights of babies to remain with their mothers in provincial jail, and the rights of mothers to remain with their babies despite being incarcerated.

The case challenges a decision made by BC Corrections to close a program that provided for mothers and babies to remain together inside Allouette Correctional Centre for Women (ACCW), provided that there were no child protection concerns. Until it was cancelled in 2008, the practice of housing mothers and babies together inside had run since the 1970’s under the direction of wardens at the former Burnaby Correctional Centre for Women and ACCW, and previous to that at Twin Maples institution. There are similar practices elsewhere in the world.

The cancellation of the program, we argue, infringes upon the rights and freedoms of both the mothers and the babies who were denied the opportunity to remain together at ACCW, including having an adverse effect on Indigenous women and babies, given the overrepresentation of Indigenous women in jail.

This talk will be an opportunity to hear about the case, ask questions, and to encourage discussion.

Sarah Rauch
Director and Supervising Lawyer, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

Professor Rauch graduated from UBC Law in 2001, then articled with the Legal Services Society and worked as an associate with Conroy & Company doing prisoners advocacy and criminal defence litigation before beginning her own practice in Vancouver in early 2006. Her interests are in rights and freedoms and the representation of people with challenges that place them at a disadvantage when negotiating the legal system.

View the event poster (pdf).

View the full lecture schedule.

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