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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

IRIS Statements on Residential Schools

Remembering you… 182 children, Cranrbrook, BC 215 children, Kamloops British Columbia. 751 children,  Cowessess 73 reserve in Cowessess 73 reserve in Marieval, Saskatchewan 2022-02-03 – Statement on the former St. Joseph’s Mission B.C. residential school A survey of land surrounding the former St. Joseph’s Mission B.C. residential school has identified 93 sites of “potential human burials”. Williams Lake First … Continued

Op-ed : For Canada’s immigration detainees with disabilities, even fewer rights are afforded

“The Trudeau government should shine a cold, hard light on how structural ableism, compounded by legacies of colonialism and systemic racism, are at the root of the immigration and asylum system.”An op-ed by IRIS Managing director, Michael Bach, and Carlos Ríos Espinosa, Senior Researcher and Advocate at Human Rights Watch.

IRIS is Hiring: Communications Intern – Canada Summer Jobs

IRIS is looking to reinforce its communications and online presence. For this purpose, IRIS is looking for a paid Communications Intern, qualified under the Canada Summer Jobs program. Based on IRIS’ 2021 Communications Plan, the Communication Intern will work on two priorities: Developing new communications tools, procedures and strategies Updating and improving current platforms Location: … Continued

Statement on the Cowessess Discovery

IRIS will continue to join other Canadians and Indigenous communities in acknowledging the genocide committed in this country. We will not turn away from the crimes that have been committed against 751 children and possibly some adults, who were found at the location of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.  We stand by … Continued

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day

IRIS joins all Canadians in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day. We are a country of many nations and peoples, and IRIS is growing from our close partnerships with grassroots Indigenous individuals and organizations where we are learning about Indigenous ways of knowing, the truth about the violence of colonialism – then and now and the … Continued