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Overview and History

IRIS Vision To live an inclusive life means to belong, participate, and be valued on an equal basis with others in all aspects of personal, social, spiritual, cultural, economic, and political life. This cannot be fully achieved for anyone without inclusive communities and an inclusive society. This means the conditions are in place for all … Continued

The R Word – Documentary, 2009

They have been called “village idiots”, “imbeciles”, “fools”, “sub-humans” and “retards”. They have been incarcerated and abused in prisons and institutions. They have been feared and misunderstood for centuries. They are people with intellectual disabilities. Directed by Pierre Tétrault, The “R” Word tells us stories of three generations of families and individuals, their incredible stories … Continued

Trafficking & Indigenous women with Intellectual, Cognitive and Psychosocial Disabilities: Promising Preventative Practices

IRIS- Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society has been in partnership with NWRCT- Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto for several years working on various projects. Our most recent project is titled, Trafficking & Indigenous women with Intellectual, Cognitive and Psychosocial Disabilities: Promising Preventative Practices. Trafficking has and continues to be, responsible for … Continued

IRIS to Attend Justice Canada’s Open Doors at Justice Event

As part of this year’s Open Government Week celebration, Justice Canada is hosting its annual virtual Open Doors at Justice event on Tuesday, May 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. The theme of this year’s event is justice research and open data—a milestone that is included in the Open Justice commitment in Canada’s upcoming 5th National … Continued

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today marks the first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. A day that highlights our shared responsibility to educate ourselves on the tragic history and ongoing impact of colonization of the original peoples of Turtle Island. The recent recovery of hundreds of unmarked graves found at the sites of several former residential schools across Canada, has … 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

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