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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 2021-07-09 – Statement on Ktunaxa Nation 182 unmarked grave sites have been discovered near the former St. Eugene’s Mission School residential school says the community of ʔaq̓am, one of four bands in the Ktunaxa Nation and located near the … 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

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

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

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