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Solidarity is the Basis of Social Change: Highlights from our Solidarity Symposium

Reflections on a Gathering of Indigenous, Refugee and People with Disabilities in Ottawa to End Violence and Poverty It occurred to us, as we put together our Solidarity Symposium bringing together activists and advocates working with diverse marginalized populations, that solidarity will require breaking silos and borders of exclusion, oppression and exploitation. However, the Symposium held … Continued

Solidarity Symposium: Understanding Oppressions, Imagining a New World

You’re invited! Join IRIS and its partners for Solidarity Symposium: Understanding Oppressions, Imagining a New World. This free one-day Solidarity Symposium will take place on Monday, December 4, 2017 in Ottawa at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (299 Montreal Road). The event will bring together Indigenous, migrant peoples and people with disabilities to unite … Continued

Concerns with Expanding Access to Medical Assistance in Dying: A Review of Evidence

IRIS has issued a review titled, “Concerns with Expanding Access to Medical Assistance in Dying: A Review of Evidence”. This review of evidence examines a wide range of evidence that points to substantial legal, ethical and social concerns with expanding access to medical assistance in dying for mature minors, through advance directives, and based solely on … Continued

The New IRIS Website – In Promising Times

The following blog post was written by Michael Bach, Managing Director at IRIS. Welcome to IRIS’s new website! We are re-launching our online platform as IRIS’s development initiatives are expanding, and as the federal government is renewing and growing its policy commitments to advance the inclusion of Canadians with disabilities. It makes for promising times … Continued

Highlights: IRIS Hosts Victims Week Events Across Canada

IRIS received a grant to participate in and help organize nationwide events for Justice Canada’s Victims and Survivors of Crime Week which took place May 28 to June 3, 2017. IRIS worked with their partners in Vancouver, Regina, Toronto, Moncton, and Saint John to organize four community meetings in each city that brought together key … Continued

IRIS to Participate in Nationwide Events for Victims Week

IRIS received a grant to participate in and help organize nationwide events for Justice Canada’s Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, taking place May 28 to June 3, 2017. IRIS is working with their partners in Vancouver, Regina, Toronto, and Saint John to organize community meetings that will bring together key support providers for Indigenous, … Continued

International Women’s Day: Why Equality Matters

Women with disabilities make up 10 percent of the population of all women worldwide, and in Canada, one out of five women is living with a disability. Women with disabilities are a highly diverse population, both in terms of the kinds of disabilities they are living with, and their individual identities and experiences. Women with disabilities … Continued

Nationwide Stakeholder Meetings for IRIS’ Working Together Initiative

As part of IRIS’ Working Together initiative, IRIS and its local project partners across the country organized stakeholder meetings in Vancouver, Saint John, and Toronto. Representatives from relevant violence prevention and response sectors in each city (e.g. law enforcement, VAW and shelter services, mental health services) came together to work with community workers, advocates and … Continued

Doris Rajan in Colombia for UNFPA/AECID Work on Standards for Violence against Women with Disabilities

  Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development at IRIS, joined an Expert Group Meeting at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation training center located in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia on December 6-8, 2016, to help develop standards for violence against women with disabilities. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Spanish Agency for International … Continued

Working Together Meetings Bring Together Marginalized Women

The Working Together initiative national team met on October 4 and 5 in Toronto after the first year of implementation to ensure that we are taking the time to review, reflect and refine project activities as they pertain to our goal – to practically address the root causes of violence against some of the most … Continued