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September 20-21- REGISTER TODAY! Building Solidarity from the Margins: A Community Forum

You are invited to attend two amazing events happening in Saint John New Brunswick on the evening of Wednesday September 20th and from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Thursday September 21st. Both events are free of charge, but you need to register. If you have any questions and/or need more information, please feel free … Continued

LIVE & ONLINE Event at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg – June 27, 2023

It’s time to hear our stories … The Event Dialogues on the Edge – Point of Entry. This is a showcase of multidisciplinary performances to learn about the experiences of Indigenous, Black, refugee, Deaf peoples, and people with disabilities. This event will offer the rare opportunity for individuals in Canada to understand the unique experiences … 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

IRIS Statements on Residential Schools

Remembering you… 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 Nation Chief Willie Sellars: “This reawakening in Indian country has allowed us to start the process of healing…forced … 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 supports Wowen’s Shelters Canada in their campaign to end violence against women and gender-based violence in Canada

IRIS is a proud partner of Women’s Shelters Canada / Hébergement femmes Canada in their campaign to end violence against women and gender-based violence in Canada. Doris Rajan, IRIS’ Director of Social Development was invited to be actively engaged in the work that Women’s Shelters Canada is doing linked to advancing Canada’s National Action Plan … Continued

Justice Denied: People with Disabilities Face Multiple Barriers in Accessing Justice

IRIS recently completed a community-driven access to justice initiative (https://irisinstitute.ca/resource/access-to-justice-for-indigenous-and-racialized-victims-and-survivors-of-crime-with-intellectual-psychosocial-and-cognitive-disabilities/) and hosted an online forum “Access to Justice for Marginalized People with Disabilities” (https://irisinstitute.ca/2020/12/11/panel-presentation-videos-access-to-justice-for-indigenous-racialized-and-2slgbtq-people-with-disabilities/).   The Justice Denied infosheet presents the findings of IRIS research on access to justice for people with disabilities and policy options for safer and more inclusive communities.

Publication: Women with Disabilities and Housing Brief

Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development at IRIS, has written a brief titled, Women with Disabilities and Housing for the Learning Network at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario. Funded by the Government of Ontario and commissioned by DAWN-RAFH Canada, this brief explores the … 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