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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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

Victims & Survivors of Crime Week: A Virtual Panel Discussion and Community Conversation

ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR INDIGENOUS, RACIALIZED & 2SLGBTQ+ PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: BARRIERS & PROMISING PRACTICE Friday November 27, 2020 1-2:30pm ET This online session will share information on the issues of access to justice for Indigenous, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ peoples with disabilities – specifically those living with mental health and addictions, cognitive disabilities and intellectual … Continued

Where to now? Re-imagining community and inclusion for a post-pandemic world

How might the community living sector might build on the radical changes implemented to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic – for example, closing day programs, looking for individualized options, etc. – to advance the inclusion agenda? Might this be an opportunity to achieve the kinds of ‘transformation’ in supports and services so often imagined, but … Continued

No Woman’s Land Premiere Scheduled for March 2019

IRIS has partnered with Jaberi Dance Theatre and Dr. Shahrzad Mojab on the company’s upcoming production No Woman’s Land, an evocative new work that explores real stories of women in refugee camps. Conceived and directed by Roshanak Jaberi and created with a powerhouse artistic team and an ensemble of seven performers, this interdisciplinary production integrates dance, theatre and multi-media … Continued

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

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

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