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Recording: Buttedahl Memorial Lecture with Shelagh Day

Buttedahl Memorial Lecture 2016

The 2016 Paz and Knute Buttedahl Memorial Lecture took place Thursday, March 10, 2016, co-sponsored by UBC’s Department of Educational Studies and the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies.

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

The recorded lecture is now available online and there is also a list of resources available for follow-up.

If anyone would like to contribute to the Buttedahl fund, you can donate online.


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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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Dr. Gwen Brodsky, Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Dr. Gwen Brodsky is in residence at UBC Law this year as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar.  She is currently teaching Law 309C, a seminar on “Sexism in the Law as a Tool of Colonialism” in our JD program (Fall 2013).

Dr. Brodsky (LLB, Victoria; LLM, Harvard; PhD, Osgoode) is a leading national and international expert on equality rights and the Charter. She has extensive experience arguing equality rights cases before tribunals and courts, and has acted as counsel in leading cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including Andrews, Swain, Mossop, Thibaudeau, Gould, Vriend, Meiorin, Gosselin, Keays, and Moore.  She has also appeared before commissions and treaty bodies of the United Nations and the Americas, and was the first Litigation Director of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).

For the past decade, Dr. Brodsky’s work has focused on the inter-connections between equality rights, social and economic rights, and Aboriginal rights, and on the means of fulfilling them in constitutional and human rights contexts. She is counsel to the petitioners in McIvor v. Canada, an ongoing challenge to sex discrimination against Aboriginal women and their descendants in the Indian Act, and represented the Native Women’s Association of Canada on the issue of the murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in British Columbia.

Dr. Brodsky has written extensively about equality rights theory, social and economic rights, the Charter, the duty to accommodate, and access to justice problems experienced by members of disadvantaged groups. She has taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia and in the Akitsiraq Law Program in Iqaluit.

If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Brodsky, her contact information while at UBC is as follows:

Dr. Gwen Brodsky
Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia
tel: 604 874 9211

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