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Book Launch Event: Legal Capacity, Disability and Human Rights

Join IRIS on August 10th at 6pm EDT to announce the book launch of Legal Capacity, Disability and Human Rights! This international collection of essays on the right to legal capacity was co-edited by Dr. Nicolás Espejo Yaksic and our very own Dr. Michael Bach. Hosted by the Human Rights Division, today it will be … Continued

Local Safety & Inclusion Solidarity Network – Vancouver, BC Establishing a Community Safe Hub: Mamook Kloshe

Safe Hub – Mamook Kloshe By Joyce Fosella, Executive Director (WAVS) What is safety for women? There are many programs, shelters, transition houses and subsidized housing that women who experience intimate partner violence. These is a need for the protection of women who are abused. How can that issue be addressed? Over 25 years ago … Continued

Establishing & Reactivating the Local Safety & Inclusion Solidarity Networks

Local Safety & Inclusion Solidarity Networks are being established or reactivated from coast to coast to coast – Vancouver to Iqaluit to Saint John! The aim of these local networks is to bring together community members and front-line workers who are from, and/or provide services to, Indigenous, Black, and other racialized groups, refugees, and/or people … Continued

June Update: Saint John, NB – Local Safety & Inclusion Solidarity Network (LSISN)

News from Saint John, New BrunswickBy Sue Davis, Local Coordinator What is a Local Safety and Inclusion Solidarity Network (LSISN)? Why would I want to join such a network? These topics were explored in Saint John on June 1st at an information meeting hosted by the Human Development Council and IRIS – Institute for Research … Continued

Celebrate National AccessAbility Week with IRIS!

Visit us at The Accessibility Exchange – Building an Inclusive and Accessible Canada This year, consistent with the theme for NAAW 2022 ‘Disability Inclusive from the Start,’ IRIS is pleased to announce The Accessibility Exchange – an online platform will bring people with Disabilities, Deaf people, their supporters and organizations together with federally regulated organizations … Continued

The First Annual Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion by Employment and Social Development Canada – CCIH-CCDI

We are so excited to announce “The Accessibility Exchange” project will have a virtual booth in the upcoming Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion’s Career Fair & Innovation Showcase! Please join us on May 26-27: https://pheedloop.com/CCA2022/site/register/ “The Accessibility Exchange” is an online platform designed to assist federally regulated organizations (FROs) in finding and recruiting diverse people … Continued

Building Solidarity from the Margins – A Human Rights Forum

Many populations in Canada are living on the edge, fighting for equity, safety, social recognition, and economic security. People with intellectual and other disabilities, and Indigenous, migrant, Black African and other racialized people –  particularly women and gender minoritized people from these groups  – work thoughtfully and relentlessly towards the realization of their human rights. … Continued


The world continues to witness active conflict in Ethiopia, Yemen, the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan and of course Russia’s vicious assault on Ukraine. However, as the International Crisis Group notes, war just tells one part of the story:  “Yemen’s conflict kills more people, mostly women and young children, due to starvation or preventable … Continued

Join Us at The Human Rights Forum – Free Online Event on December 10th, 2021

This December 10th, join your hosts at the Institute for Research and Development (IRIS) in acknowledging International Human Rights Day by engaging in an opportunity to witness, learn, and dialogue on the road to building greater solidarity and inclusion in Canadian society. This virtual Human Rights Forum will bring you thought-provoking guest speakers and performance … Continued

Nova Scotia Court of Appeal finds institutionalization to be systemic discrimination

In a recent decision the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has paved the road to addressing the human rights of thousands of Nova Scotians with disabilities who continue to languish in institutions or in community without support. This ruling sent a powerful message that there are fundamental systemic barriers in Nova Scotia that deny equality … Continued