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These are only a few ideas for events to record and interviews to conduct. BUT, you can always bring your own ideas to the station. Feel free to contact Public Affairs & Talk Coordinator Jesse with information about what you have recorded or would like to record, and he would be very happy to work out airtime with you. Reach him at cjsfpa@sfu.ca


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Community Arts & Activist Event Guide

  • Partner & Dude York at The Fox Cabaret on February 20
  • Men I Trust at The Biltmore Cabaret on February 22
  • Saves The Day at The Biltmore Cabaret on February 23
  • Pedro The Lion at The Biltmore Cabaret on February 24
  • Current Joys at The Biltmore Cabaret on February 26
  • Maria Hupfield and Charlene Vickers - Jingles and Sounds for Speaking to Our Grandmothers (Feb 1- March 16)
  • Talking Stick Festival (Feb 19 - Mar 2)
  • Cyberbullying in Our Schools and Universities: Extent, Impacts, and Solutions (Feb 21)
  • Event: Justice for Soleiman Faqiri (Feb  24)
  • Books to Review
  • UN International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019
  • Executive Director Steve Stewart - CoDevelopment Canada
  • Accessibility: A source of future anxiety and a significant consideration for Canadian consumers today
  • OPEN LETTER: Recall the Collaborative Process survey and honour the UN ruling on the Indian Act’s discrimination against women
  • Unist’ot’en
  • BCCLA REACTS: Supreme Court upholds expat voters’ rights
  • SOLITARY CONFINEMENT – Appeal court imposes new conditions on solitary confinement while it considers its decision
  • Across the country, brave and passionate voices come together to challenge attitudes and stop stigma and say, "Yes. I live with dementia. Let me help you understand."
  • Humanists celebrate repeal of blasphemy law
  • Chelene Knight wins the 2018 City of Vancouver Book Award for Dear Current Occupant
  • Gwynne Dyer: The Populist Revolt — Its Causes and Cure (March 6)
  • Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion
  • Opioid Crisis
  • Site C Dam
  • Embark
  • The Peak
  • Special Programming
    • Your Ideas?

Maria Hupfield and Charlene Vickers - Jingles and Sounds for Speaking to Our Grandmothers (Feb 1- March 16)

Maria Hupfield and Charlene Vickers

Jingles and Sounds for Speaking to Our Grandmothers

February 1 - March 16, 2019
Tanuyap Project Space
Fazakas Gallery
688 E Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
Opening Reception: Friday February 1, 6 - 8 PM

In Fall 2018, Anishinaabe artists Maria Hupfield and Charlene Vickers continued their cross-continental collaboration by creating a monumental jingle cone. Made with the simple materials of coloured felt and construction paper, the cone is a device for reciprocity through speaking and listening. The work is an hommage to Rebecca Belmore’s Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to Their Mother (1991, 1992, 1996), a huge megaphone for speaking to the land, installed in Banff National Park. Through a series of performances at the 2018 Seattle Art Fair, Hupfield and Vickers activated their cone to explore its musical potential, communicate with each other, and converse with their grandmothers. This exhibition brings together documentation of the performances in Seattle, the jingle cone itself, and a new series of drawings made from the original performance costumes.

Charlene Vickers is an Anishinaabe artist living and working in Vancouver. Born in Kenora, Ontario and raised in Toronto, her painting, sculpture, and performance works explore memory, healing, and embodied connections to ancestral lands. Vicker’s work has been exhibited across Canada and the United States, and can be found in the permanent collection at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. In 2015, she participated in the group exhibitions The Fifth World at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (curated by Wanda Nanibush), and Custom Made at Kamloops Art Gallery (curated by Tania Willard). In 2018 she was the recipient of the VIVA Award.


Maria Hupfield is a citizen of the Anishinaabek Nation from Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, her practice extends through performance, installation, sculpture, video, photography, and collage. Her approach draws from Anishinaabe traditions and the history of performance to create actions and objects that function as mediators between the body and the natural or urban environment. Hupfield’s first major institutional solo exhibit The One Who Keeps on Giving, travelled across Canada, and to Paris, in 2018. She is the first Indigenous Fellow at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, ISCP in New York 2018.

Press contact: Laurie White, Project Coordinator
Fazakas Gallery
688 E Hastings St., Vancouver, BC

Talking Stick Festival (Feb 19 - Mar 2)


Talking Stick Festival, now in its 18th year, began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. From its humble beginnings, this unique and exciting event has grown into a full 2-week Festival held annually in February at locations across Vancouver. Now attracting over 20,000 attendees each year and still growing, we are noted as being the premier, multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival in North America.
With a desire to appeal to Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees alike, our programming focuses on the diversity of visual arts, dance, theatre, music, powwow and film in both traditional and contemporary formats.
This year's #TSF2019 theme is hən̓əm̓stəmxw tə syəθ" (pronounced huh-num-stoh teh see-yahl), which translates to "Using Tradition".

hən̓əm̓stəmxw tə syəθ Industry Series!

This Industry Series is a four-day forum held from February 22nd to February 25th, 2019. It invites art presenters, artists, scholars, funders, and audience members together to build upon the previous Industry Series events, further imagining and demonstrating the strength, significance, and importance of Indigenous performing arts.

This year’s theme, Cultural Appropriation – What’s That? elaborates the recent – and historically reoccurring – protest from Indigenous artists as they, once again, respond to careless use of Indigenous images/stories by the mainstream art world.  The Forum explores the many tributaries that both flow into and also out of this contested issue in order to reframe the discussion toward Indigenous artistic self-determination.  To avoid the pitfall of cultural appropriation, participants will develop protocols that respectfully guide artistic creation and collaboration. 

Draft Agenda

Cyberbullying in Our Schools and Universities: Extent, Impacts, and Solutions (Feb 21)

Wanda Cassidy

President’s Faculty Lecture: Wanda Cassidy

Cyberbullying in Our Schools and Universities:
Extent, Impacts, and Solutions

As parents, students, employees, and citizens, we regularly hear about incidents of online bullying and harassment and too many of us have experienced it ourselves. The media tends to report only on the most disturbing cases. But how extensive is it? Who are the targets – and who are the bullies? What are the impacts on those victimized? Can we do anything about it, or is cyberbullying simply a result of living in this new cyber-world?

Please join us for the first SFU President's Faculty Lecture of 2019, where Dr. Wanda Cassidy will discuss the results of research conducted among adolescents at BC schools, and among students and faculty at Canadian universities. A focus of her presentation will be on understanding the impacts of cyberbullying across ages, as well as on solutions that are proving effective in addressing this challenging problem.

Registration opens at 5:30 and the lecture will begin promptly at 6:00. All guests are invited to stay for a post-event reception with light snacks and refreshments.

About Wanda Cassidy

Dr. Wanda Cassidy is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Education, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, and Co-founder and Director of the Centre for Education, Law and Society. Her research focuses on the legal literacy of youth, cyberbullying at K-12 and post-secondary, and the ethics of care in schools. She is the recipient of the Isidore Starr Award from the American Bar Association, Public Education Division, for exemplary work in law-related education, and in 2017 was awarded SFU’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She regularly appears on local and national media to discuss educational topics, particularly in relation to cyberbullying. She has led three studies on cyberbullying in BC schools, a Canadian study at the post-secondary level, and is the co-editor of Cyberbullying at University in International Contexts (2019).

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at psqevent@sfu.ca or 778-782-5959.

Event: Justice for Soleiman Faqiri (Feb 24)

Soleiman Faqiri was a 30-year old Canadian-Muslim man struggling with mental health. He was killed while in custody at the Central East Correctional Centre in Ontario on December 15, 2016.

Join his family for their West Coast speaking tour to Vancouver and Victoria to build support and seek justice for Soleiman. 

Join us on February  24th, 2019 for a panel discussion with Soleiman Faqiri's brother, Yusuf Faqiri, and local advocates as they speak on issues of systemic injustice and the relationship between prisons, racism, and health.



When: Sunday, February 24th, 2019, at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House, 800 East Broadway

*Hosted by Justice for Soli, No One Is Illegal, BC Civil Liberties Association with the financial support of Women’s Centre at UBC, Alliance Against Displacement, and Streams of Justice


Gwynne Dyer: The Populist Revolt — Its Causes and Cure (March 6)

An SFU Vancouver Speaker Series presentation

Nationalism is back, and it’s very angry. Populists have already come to power in numerous countries, and some people even fear that we are seeing a re-run of the 1930s.

In the US in particular, job loss is a central issue. But Donald Trump can’t “bring the jobs back”, because most of them never left the country; they just vanished because of automation. The US official unemployment rate is hovering around 4 percent, but almost one third of American men over 20 years old are not gainfully employed. And there is a plausible forecast that automation will destroy 47 percent of existing American jobs by 2033.

What got Trump elected, more even than racism and immigration, was the anger that comes from the misery and humiliation of joblessness. The key votes that pushed him over the top came from the Rust Belt, where the automation started destroying assembly-line jobs 25 years ago. Trump has no solution for automation, and more extreme populists may come after him unless the anger is extinguished. Automation really will kill the jobs, and not just in the United States.

The main political task for the next generation (post-Trump) will be to ensure that those without work have an income they can live on with dignity. One way that is already being widely considered is a Universal Basic Income (UBI). It would put money in everybody's pockets with no strings attached, whether they are working or not — and since everybody gets it, there would be no stigma involved.

The anger that drives the populism comes as much from the humiliation that people feel when they are unemployed as from the actual financial pain they are suffering, so any solution must treat both aspects of the problem. UBI might be the answer, although there is still much research to be done. But big change is coming, and big solutions are needed.

Gwynne Dyer’s newest book, Growing Pains: Surviving the Populist Wave, was published in April 2018 by Scribe in Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand.

This event will be moderated by Charlie Smith, editor of The Georgia Straight.

Speaker Bio

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. He received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries.

His first television series, the seven-part documentary War, was aired in 45 countries in the mid-80's. One episode, 'The Profession of Arms', was nominated for an Academy Award. His more recent television works include the 1994 series The Human Race.

Dyer's books include War (1983), Ignorant Armies: Sliding into War in Iraq (2003), Future: Tense (2005) and The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq (2007).

His more recent works include Climate Wars, which has been translated into French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and a number of other languages. Don’t Panic: Islamic State, Terrorism and the Middle East, came out in October 2016 and has already been translated into Arabic and Turkish. His newest book, Growing Pains: Surviving the Populist Wave, came out in April 2018. He lives in London.

In 2010, Dr. Dyer was made an officer of the Order of Canada.

Co-presented by SFU Public Square, SFU Vancouver, and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. With support from Vancity Credit Union and our media sponsor The Georgia Straight.


Empowering Informed Consent: Community Ethics in Cultural Production
7 p.m. | March 07, 2019

In July 2017 members of the DTES community started meeting as a collective at the Hives for Humanity Bee Space to have conversation about how to ensure that community ethics are a respected part of the process of cultural production. 

We define cultural production as being: any time an entity comes into a community to make a product from its culture. ie. individuals and/or organisations of journalists, film makers, photographers, students, researchers, tourists or volunteers.

We define community ethics as being: a set of principles to guide behaviour, based in lived experience, acknowledging the interconnectedness of our humanity, fostering relationships of respect, responsibility, reciprocity and return.

We have produced a resource card and a manifesto out of these meetings which we are launching at our event on March 7th 2019, 7pm-9pm at SFU Woodwards. Copies of the card and manifesto will be available for all to take out into community, and will be open sourced after the event.

The evening will include a short panel discussion with members of the collective sharing their experiences of cultural production – the good, the bad and the ugly! This will be followed by a few visual presentations of community-produced works. And then a break out dialogue to delve into how we each experience cultural production, and how we can each strive to understand its impacts on community.

We will close the last part of the night with refreshments and casual mingling, as getting to know each other, building the network of understanding and gathering in community, is our strongest resource!

This work has been supported by SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement, UBC Learning Exchange; and facilitated by Hives for Humanity Society.

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!

Books to Review/ Authors to Interview from Akashic

By C.J. Farley
Race, class, and hormones combine and combust when a Harvard freshman and his two friends attempt to join the staff of the Harpoon, the school’s iconic humor magazine.
“Wry, sly, and ferociously funny, Around Harvard Square is not just the satire Ivy League college life deserves, but the one it’s been waiting for.”
Marlon James, Man Booker Prize–winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
“Brimming with humor and heart, Around Harvard Square is a delight.”
Andy Borowitz, creator of the New Yorker‘s “The Borowitz Report”

By Kwame Dawes
The death of a Jamaican man’s father raises questions about the father’s political endeavors, and about the plight of 1980s Jamaica.
“With . . . dreamlike sequences, this is best suited for readers who enjoy character studies as well as lovers of Jamaican fiction.” —Booklist
"An examination of grief and politics in a deftly written novel set in 1980s Jamaica . . . Astonishing prose."
Kirkus Reviews

 UN International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019


UN International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 shines a spotlight on the fight to save and preserve Indigenous languages in BC and across Canada

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver: Today, representatives from the First Nations Leadership Council and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council attended the official global launch of the Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.  The event gathered high-level governmental officials, Indigenous peoples, civil society, academia, media, information and memory organizations, United Nations agencies, public language harmonization and documentation institutions and private sector bodies to celebrate under the theme: “Indigenous languages matter for sustainable development, peace building and reconciliation.”

The First Nations Leadership Council strongly supports the designation of this year as the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) and will be actively involved in celebrating IYIL throughout 2019.  The preservation of Indigenous languages is a top priority for B.C.’s First Nations. Efforts to support Indigenous language revitalization in B.C. are being led by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, in partnership with First Nations communities, and with significant support from the Province of B.C. through $50 million in funding in 2018.


Grand Chief Edward John, member of the First Nations Summit Political Executive and Co-chair of the UNESCO IYIL2019 Steering Committee

“Indigenous Languages are the essence and fabric of Indigenous cultures and are fundamental to our survival, dignity and well-being as Indigenous peoples. Language is our inherent right and is central to our cultural and spiritual identities as First Nations. Furthermore, language plays a fundamental part in indigenous peoples’ identity by connecting individuals to communities, therefore providing cultural and spiritual context in the daily lives of Indigenous peoples. The designation of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages will shine a light on our collective struggles to preserve and protect indigenous languages in B.C. and across Canada and will hopefully assist in efforts preventing them from being more at risk of extinction.”

Regional Chief Terry Teegee, BC Assembly of First Nations

“This is an exciting time as many individuals and groups are creating and building a wave of growth and activity, a “renaissance,” in Indigenous languages and culture. In particular, our youth are inspiring all of us with their creativity and use of technology in their drive to find new ways to communicate with others using their ancestral languages.”

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the UBCIC

“Canada has gone to great lengths to destroy our inherent connection to our Indigenous Languages. With the destruction of our languages we lose a critical connection to our cultures, our world-views and the lived-experiences of our ancestors. Our languages hold the keys to the rebuilding of our Indigenous Nations, to healing the damages of colonialism, and to re-establishing our Indigenous legal orders and jurisdiction to our lands, territories and resources. The UBCIC fully supports UN’s launch of the International Year of Indigenous Languages. States are culpable for the destruction of Indigenous languages around the globe and it is States who must be held accountable for their resurgence.”

Tracey Herbert, CEO, First Peoples’ Cultural Council

“Canada, and in particular British Columbia, is blessed with a rich diversity of Indigenous languages. All of the B.C. languages are severely endangered, and time is of the essence to revitalize them. Despite the challenges these languages face, I am optimistic for their future, thanks to the success we are having creating new speakers through immersion; collaborating with communities to develop language revitalization plans; and using technology to support language documentation, which is curated and controlled by First Nations. The UN International Year for Indigenous Languages is a key opportunity to bring international attention to the issues facing Indigenous languages globally and to showcase the successful strategies that are making the reclamation of our languages possible. We raise our hands to B.C.’s language leaders, language learners and to the Government of B.C., whose commitment to languages has been a game changer and an example of true reconciliation to be celebrated in this important year.”

Scott Fraser, B.C. Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“For too long Indigenous language revitalization was neglected. Our government is supporting the important work of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council so that Indigenous communities can deepen connections to language and culture. As a result of new provincial funding, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council has been able to partner with First Nations over the past year to expand community grants, language documentation, community outreach and programs that connect language learners and mentors. This work is key to reconciliation.”


The First Nations Leadership Council is comprised of the political executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

For further comment, please contact:

Colin Braker, Communications Director, FNS:

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, UBCIC:

Annette Schroeter, Communications Officer, BCAFN:

Megan Lappi, Communications Manager, FPCC:

The UN Secretary General stated on May 16, 2011, at the opening of the 10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that an Indigenous language dies every two weeks. Additionally, the report of the 15th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues stated that Indigenous languages form the bedrock of continuity for the survival and well‐being of indigenous cultures from one generation to the next. The report further stated there is a growing crisis globally of indigenous language loss and in many cases an urgent, even desperate, need to preserve and revitalize languages. It is estimated that more than half of the world’s Indigenous languages will become extinct by 2100.

Indigenous languages in B.C. are an integral part of Indigenous identity and culture and of Canadian heritage. B.C. is home to the greatest diversity of Indigenous languages in Canada (more than 50 per cent of all Indigenous languages in the country), with 34 unique First Nations languages and more than 90 dialects. Unfortunately, all of these languages are critically endangered due to Canada’s colonial history of assimilation (including the residential school system), which led to the erosion of Indigenous languages and culture.  

As noted by National Geographic, B.C. has been identified as a world Indigenous language “hotspot” where First Nations languages are literally “racing to extinction”. According to the First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages 2018, only three per cent of Indigenous people in B.C. (fewer than 4,200 people) identified themselves as being fluent in their mother tongue language, a decrease sincethe 2014 report.  

However, despite these statistics, language experts are optimistic about the future of B.C.’sFirst Nations languages thanks to
a growing interest in Indigenous language revitalization among First Nations communities and an increasing number of people, especially younger individuals, who are learning and speaking these languages.

Though just over half (52 percent) of fluent speakers are aged 65 and over, the vast majority (78 percent) of all language learners are young (between the ages of 0 and 24). There are also a considerable number of adult learners, including young adults and Elders. These positive trends are attributed to the growth of community‐based language revitalization projects across the province.  

While the number of language learners continues to increase across the province, there are still serious threats to language vitality with the ongoing loss of aging fluent speakers. Access to curriculum and other language resources for teaching remains limited for most languages.  Though the B.C. government made a significant investment towards language revitalization in the 2018 B.C. Budget, sustained funding is urgently required to document and provide support to ensure that each of B.C.’s unique First Nations languages and dialects are maintained for future generations.  

Article 13 of theUnited Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [the Declaration] calls upon nations to take effective measures to protect the right of Indigenous peoples:
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to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons.

Furthermore, knowing and being able to speak one’s language is recognized as a human right for Indigenous peoples.
Article 25 of the Declaration states:  
"Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain their distinctive spiritual relationships with their...lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities

An International Year is an important cooperation mechanism dedicated to raising awareness of a particular topic or theme of global interest or concern and mobilizing different players for coordinated action around the world.
In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019), based on a recommendation by the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

At the time, the Forum said that 40 per cent of the estimated 6,700 languages spoken around the world were in danger of disappearing. The fact that most of these are indigenous languages puts the cultures and knowledge systems to which they belong at risk.  

In addition, indigenous peoples are often isolated both politically and socially in the countries they live in, by the geographical location of their communities, their separate histories, cultures, languages and traditions. And yet, they are not only leaders in protecting the environment, but their languages represent complex systems of knowledge and communication and should be recognized as a strategic national resource for development, peace building and reconciliation.  They also foster and promote unique local cultures, customs and values which have endured for thousands of years. Indigenous languages add to the rich tapestry of global cultural diversity.
Without them, the world would be a poorer place.

Celebrating IYIL2019 will help promote and protect indigenous languages and improve the lives of those who speak them.  It will contribute to achieving the objectives set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

The celebration is also expected to strengthen and reinforce the many standard‐setting tools adopted by the international community which include specific provisions to promote and protect languages. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is acting as the lead UN agency for the International Year.

More information on IYIL2019 can be found at en.iyil2019.org
A copy of the IYIL2019 Action Plan can be downloaded at en.iyil2019.org/wp‐

Executive Director Steve Stewart - CoDevelopment Canada

Steve is a long time activist and educator with a wide breadth of knowledge about the region as well as an excellent perspective on Canada's involvement in the region.

CoDevelopment Canada is a small nonprofit dedicated to social justice and international solidarity in Canada and Latin America.

Some of CoDev's Work:

CoDev combines a unique approach of solidarity and partnership with a depth of knowledge and experience. CoDev was born out of the acknowledgment that Canada shares both a continent and a common history with Latin America. The struggles of people in Latin America parallel the struggles that Canadians face. Underlying their approach to international development is a commitment to the following methods.

Empowering Women

Promotion of gender equality is a priority in all of CoDev’s programs. Women’s empowerment is the main focus of their maquila solidarity work, a strong part of their work with teachers, and the target of many of their community-led development programs. By promoting more equitable gender relations and providing women with the tools they need, CoDev is strengthening Latin American civil society at its very core. More than 50% of CoDev’s Latin American partners are women’s organizations or committees.

Fostering Canadian-Latin American Partnerships

CoDev’s partnership model has received international acclaim. They facilitate relationships between Canadian and Latin American organizations that share a commitment to workers’ rights, community development and women’s rights. They keep both parties informed of each other’s struggles and successes, organize visits, and promote learning, dialogue and collaboration. Partnerships make global solidarity real for both parties.

Strengthening Civil Society

Over the past three decades Latin America has changed from a region characterized by authoritarian national-security states to one characterized by democracies and a growing private business sector. CoDev supports Latin American organizations in mobilizing members to promote and defend their rights in this new political climate. CoDev helps organizations involve disenfranchised groups in local decision making processes, develop policy, and effectively lobby both the public and private sector.

Accessibility: A source of future anxiety and a significant consideration for Canadian consumers today

Seven-in-ten Canadians say universal accessibility should be the goal for newly constructed buildings

January 22, 2018 – As Canada’s population grows older, millions of Canadians find themselves worrying about decreased mobility, vision and hearing and the impact it may have on their own lives or the lives of loved ones.

A new study from the Angus Reid Institute, conducted in partnership with the Rick Hansen Foundation, finds more than two-thirds of Canadians expressing concern that someone in their lives will face such challenges over the next decade or so.

Currently, approximately three-in-ten say that accessibility is a consideration for them when they’re thinking about which places they will go to and which they will avoid within their communities.

This evidently creates a significant consideration for businesses and service providers in planning accessibility infrastructure. Canadians voice widespread support for universal accessibility policy, particularly when it comes to new construction of buildings and homes.

It’s an issue Canadians anticipate will have a growing presence in their lives in the coming years. Roughly the same two-thirds who voice concern about a family member facing decreased mobility, vision, or hearing in the future say they have the same concern about themselves.

More Key Findings:

  • Approximately one-quarter of Canadians (24%) self-identify as having a mobility, vision or hearing disability or challenge; further, 47 per cent say they spend time with or help someone who is dealing with these difficulties.
  • Three-in-ten (28%) 35-54-year-olds say they anticipate mobility, vision or hearing challenges arising in the next five to 10 years. This rises to 32 per cent among those ages 55 and older
  • One-in-five Canadians (21%) say that knowing a business in their community was certified as accessible would lead them to support that business more often
  • Canadians can be grouped into four distinct categories based on their experiences with – and concern about disabilities and challenges affecting their vision, hearing and mobility. The four groups are: The Directly Affected (24% of the general population), Affiliated (30%), Concerned (32%), and Unaffected (14%). Each has a unique relationship to each of the issues canvassed in this survey

Link to the poll here: www.angusreid.org/accessibility/future-anxiety-rhf

Download .PDF (630 KB) with detailed tables, graphs and methodology.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici

Media Contact: 
Shachi Kurl: 604.908.1693
(mobile) shachi.kurl@angusreid.org @shachikurl

OPEN LETTER: Recall the Collaborative Process survey and honour the UN ruling on the Indian Act’s discrimination against women


January 22, 2019

Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington North Tower
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4
Via fax: 1-866-817-3977
Via email: minister@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

OPEN LETTER: Recall the Collaborative Process survey and honour the UN ruling on the Indian Act’s discrimination against women

Dear Minister Bennett,

The UN Human Rights Committee’s landmark decision on the Sharon McIvor case has called for a tide of progressive change regarding the discrimination enshrined in the Indian Act.

The Committee has ruled that Canada must take immediate action regarding the legislated sex discrimination that has prohibited women like Sharon McIvor from accessing the same rights to Indian status that are afforded to men. In light of the Committee’s decision, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) urges you to immediately abandon the survey the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs has launched as part of the Collaborative Process on Indian registration, band membership, and First Nation citizenship.

The CIRNA’s survey is fundamentally flawed and unrepresentative of the true collaboration that needs to take place between Indigenous Peoples and the Government of Canada. Designed by the government as a nominal and placatory symbol of “reconciliation” and “renewed relationships,” the survey is anything but collaborative. Now that the UN Committee has ruled that Canada must dismantle the discriminatory, sex-based hierarchy in the status registration provisions of the Indian Act, the survey is unnecessary and insulting to the Indigenous women who continue to have their right to equality breached.

UBCIC would like to highlight the following integral flaws of the Collaborative Process survey that make its recall of paramount importance:

  • Design flaws render the survey’s results highly dubious and imprecise. Anyone can take the survey, including non-Indigenous people, and there is no limit to how many times a participant can take the survey. The results may be skewed and entirely unreflective of the true sentiments of Indigenous people in Canada.
  • Questions are present that normalize discrimination against Indigenous women. Stream 1 of the survey poses the question: “Do you think the removal of the “1951 cut-off” is a positive or negative thing for First Nations?” Questions such as these are problematically worded to sidestep the inherent discrimination of the Indian Act; they are fundamentally asking the participant whether the Canadian government should continue to discriminate against First Nations women and their descendants.
  • Information regarding the complexity and scope of the enduring discrimination against Indigenous women is omitted. Question 1 in Stream 1 regarding the 1951 cut-off is framed in such a way that participants may not understand that it is referring to the removal of the sex-based inequities sanctioned by the Indian Act.

The UN Human Rights Committee has clearly communicated that discrimination against Indigenous peoples is unacceptable and must be stopped. The focus of the Canadian government should not be on determining whether inequities should be allowed to persist (as seems to be the purpose of the survey), but on eradicating the discrimination of the Indian Act that continues to alienate and exclude Indigenous women and their descendants. Canada must not prescribe prejudiced approaches to addressing the legislated sexual discrimination against Indigenous women and their descendants. Canada must immediately act to eliminate all instances of discrimination and inequities within Canadian legislation, policy and operational practices. It must engage directly with First Nations, as full partners, in developing the necessary next steps to provide First Nations with the essential resources and tools to recognize and welcome back excluded Indigenous women and their descendants into our communities. It is crucial for Canada to heal the wounds created by its artificially imposed divisions amongst Indigenous peoples.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigneous, which Canada has endorsed without qualifications, states:

Article 8 (1): Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture;

(2): States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:

  1. a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
  2. b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources
  3. c) Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
  4. d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration.

Canada must shift its attention away from a survey filled with hypocrisies, and instead devote its efforts and resources to implementing the UN Committee ruling made in response to Sharon McIvor's petition. We urge you to commit to this cause and to help Canada acknowledge and rectify the discriminatory sections of the Indian Act. The goals of the Collaborative Process initiated by the Government of Canada – reconciliation and renewed nation-to-nation relationships with Indigenous Peoples – can never be sustained until all First Nations women and their descendants are granted status on the same footing as First Nations men and their descendants.


Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Chief Robert Chamberlin

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson

CC: Sharon McIvor
National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
First Nations Summit Task Group
Regional Chief Terry Teegee, BC Assembly of First Nations

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As militarized RCMP are descending onto unceded Wet’suwet’en to enforce a colonial court injunction, rallies in 30 cities expressing solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en will took place on Tuesday January 8, 2019 across Canada and internationally. The Wet’suwet’en are defending their unceded lands in Northern B.C. from unwanted fracked gas development

Rallies across Canada were held in Calgary, Chilliwack, Cortes Island, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Lilooet, Kitchener Waterloo, Mi'kma'ki, Montreal, Nelson, North Bay, Ottawa, Prince George, Regina, Rexton, Saskatoon, Six Nations, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, and White Horse. Rallies also took place internationally in Bellingham, Flagstaff, Milan, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Details for the rallies can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2225649537692362/ and photos and video will be available through #wetsuwetenstrong #notrespass #thetimeisnow.  

According to rally organizers, “We oppose the use of legal injunctions, police forces, and criminalizing state tactics against the Wet’suwet’en asserting their own laws on their own lands. This is a historic moment when the federal and provincial governments can choose to follow their stated principles of reconciliation, or respond by perpetuating colonial theft and violence in Canada.”

Coastal GasLink, a project of TransCanada Corporation, has been constructing a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline that will carry fracked gas from Dawson Creek, B.C. to the coastal town of Kitimat, where LNG Canada’s processing plant would be located. LNG Canada is the single largest private sector investment in Canadian history, with support from the Federal Liberal government and tax breaks from the NDP B.C. provincial government.

Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law) all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals and have not provided free, prior, and informed consent to Coastal Gaslink/TransCanada to do work on Wet’suwet’en lands. The 22,000 square km of Wet’suwet’en Territory is divided into 5 clans and 13 house groups. Each clan within the Wet’suwet’en Nation has full jurisdiction under their law to control access to their territory.

According to the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gitdumden territory, who issued the call for international solidarity, “All Wet'suwet'en Clans have rejected the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline because this is our home. Our medicines, our berries, our food, the animals, our water, our culture are all here since time immemorial. We are obligated to protect our ways of life for our babies unborn.”

The Unist’ot’en Camp is a permanent Indigenous re-occupation of Wet’suwet’en land that sits on Gilsteyu Dark House Territory. The Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gitdumden territory was announced in the Wet’suwet’en feast hall in December 2018 with the support of all chiefs present to affirm that the Unist’ot’en Clan are not alone.

On December 2018, the B.C. Supreme Court issued a court injunction that authorizes the RCMP to forcibly clear a path through the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gitdumden territory and the Unist’ot’en homestead on Unist’ot’en territory. This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the landmark 1997 Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa case that the Wet’suwet’en, as represented by their hereditary leaders, had not given up rights and title to their 22,000 square kilometers of land. Members of the RCMP met with Hereditary Chiefs in January 2019 and indicated that specially trained tactical forces will soon be deployed.

“Canada knows that its own actions are illegal,” states the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gitdumden territory. “The Wet’suwet’en chiefs have maintained their use and occupancy of their lands and hereditary governance system to this date despite generations of legislative policies that aim to remove us from this land, assimilate our people, and ban our governing system. The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en and the land defenders holding the front lines have no intention of allowing Wet’suwet’en sovereignty to be violated.”

Support has been growing for the Wet'suwet'en with statements issued by national and international organizations such as 350 dot org, Heiltsuk Nation, Idle No More, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Civil Liberties Defense Center, Dogwood BC, Greenpeace Canada, Namgis First Nation, Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society, and Union of B.C Indian Chiefs.

The rally organizers further state, “We demand that the provincial and federal government uphold their responsibilities to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by revoking the permits for this fracked gas pipeline that does not have consent from any Wet’suwet’en Clan. The federal government, provincial government, Coastal GasLink/TransCanada, and the RCMP do not have jurisdiction on Wet'suwet'en land.”

Media Inquiries:
Molly Wickham: 778-210-1610
Jen Wickham: 778-210-0067
Delee Nikal: 250-961-9642
Carla Lewis: 778-669-1316
Karla Tait: 250-640-1094


News Release
January 10, 2019

UBCIC Statement of Clarity in Response to Premier Horgan’s Comments on Unist’ot’en

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – January 10, 2019) Yesterday Premier John Horgan provided insufficient and inappropriate comments regarding the ongoing conflict in Wet’suwet’en territory. The Premier took a minimum approach to acceptable provincial standards for engagement with Indigenous peoples, in direct conflict with his government’s commitments to full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration).

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is concerned that Premier Horgan stated that in his view, “LNG Canada has shown the importance of consultation and meaningful reconciliation with First Nations and that’s why they have signed agreements with every First Nation along the pipeline corridor.”

“First, we are beyond consultation and we need to be talking about consent,” responded Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the UBCIC. “Second, there is no way that meaningful reconciliation has been achieved considering we had RCMP using excessive force at the Gitimd’en Camp on Monday of this week, in direct violation of article 10 of the UN Declaration which states that ‘Indigenous Peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories.’ In 2019 we fully expect the Provincial government to ensure that its political commitments are reflected in every single action and decision taken. We reject the racist notion of veto perpetuated by industry and government, which falsely implies that Indigenous Peoples demand a unilateral final say on decisions that impact them. The UN Declaration makes no mention of the word veto.  We want to have an equal say and have our perspectives respected and upheld.  Since colonization, we have had to deal with the Crown having a veto over almost every aspect of our lives, and in the case of the Unist’ot’en, we just watched what their veto over the peacefully protesting Wet’suwet’en land defenders looked like.”

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the UBCIC, stated “Prime Minister Trudeau continues to defend Canada’s support of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX) despite a lack of consent from Indigenous people impacted. We are disappointed that Premier Horgan is now joining with Prime Minister Trudeau with this defense in the case of the Unist’ot’en. Where Nations have not ceded their Title and Rights, they have control over the entire territory.  As the Supreme Court of Canada recognized in Delgamuukw, inherent Wet’suwet’en Title to their territory has never been extinguished.  The Proper Title holders must provide their free, prior and informed consent to any project in their territory.”

Another troubling aspect of the Premier’s statement included comparing the Province’s role in the ongoing conflict in Wet’suwet’en territory with the recent consent-based negotiations in the Broughton Archipelago with the ‘Namgis, Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis and Mamalilikulla First Nations.

Chief Bob Chamberlin of the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation (KHFN), and Vice-President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), stated “There are not a lot of similarities between the Broughton and the Unist’ot’en engagement with the Province. In June, government-to-government work between our three Nations and the Province was confirmed in a letter of understanding (LOU) formalizing ongoing talks regarding salmon aquaculture in the Broughton Archipelago. Importantly, this was a jointly developed consent-based process where our Title and Rights were recognized and as a result, we included our hereditary leadership in decision-making on outcomes. That’s an extremely important distinction because for us, that’s how we respected Delgamuukw and the wishes of our people. The Province also followed its own decision-making process. There was space in the process to revisit any Tenure decisions that weren’t jointly accepted. I’m confident that we would not have reached a point of RCMP action at Gitimd’en if a jointly designed, consent-based process had been in place.”

“Of course, under the UN Declaration it is the Crown’s responsibility to ensure that consent has been achieved,” concluded Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. “The Premier has committed to implementing legislation on the UN Declaration and now it is more important than ever that this be accelerated. Otherwise, 2019 shall prove to truly be Battleground BC!”

Media inquiries:

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs: (250) 490-5314
Chief Judy Wilson. Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs: (250) 320-7738    
Chief Bob Chamberlin, Vice-President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs: (250)-974-8282


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Reconciliation and Consensus Cherry Picking by BC government

Dene Nation National Chief Norman Yakeleya is questioning the reconciliation efforts of the BC government following the province’s forced removal of peaceful protesters from the Gidimt’en Camp in the Wet’suet’en Nation.

“Where is the meaningful and productive dialogue that the BC government speaks about in its Draft Principles that are to Guide the Province of British Columbia’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples?” asked Chief Yakeleya.
“When I read those 10 Principles, I thought to myself, now there’s a province finally moving forward in its relationship with its Indigenous people,” said Yakeleya, “but the reported arrest of the 14 protesters does not honour those 10 Principles and is disappointing.”

The Draft Principles are, according to the BC website, a tool to guide the BC Government in their work to adopt and implement the UN declaration and the calls to action. A section of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states, “Welcoming the fact that indigenous peoples are organizing themselves for political, economic, social and cultural enhancement and in order to bring to an end all forms of discrimination and oppression wherever they occur.”

“The Dene Nation supports the right of the Wet’suwet’en Nation to govern themselves and to organize themselves so that their people reach consensus within their own territory” said Chief Yakeleya, “and we hope that the BC Government is willing to sit down and reach that same consensus, government to government.”

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For more information, contact:
Brenda Norris
Dene National/AFN Regional (NWT) Office
Tel: (867) 444-9051
Email: brendanorris@denenation.com

OPEN LETTER: UBCIC calls upon the RCMP to clarify inaccurate reports

Dear RCMP Division Liaison (DLT):

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) writes today to rectify the erroneous reports from the DLT regarding actions taken by the RCMP during their enforcement of the interim injunction at the Gidimt’en checkpoint on January 7 and ongoing involvement at the site.

The RCMP DLT is tasked with the vital role of being transparent and unbiased facilitators of the outreach efforts of associations and communities, including peaceful assembly and demonstration, and as such, we call upon you to immediately review and address our pressing concerns:

* There are reports that the RCMP DLT’s actions on the ground at Gidimt’en significantly depart from what you have reported to the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC).

* This includes information that Coastal GasLink (CGL) contractors would be responsible for removing the gates at the camp; in fact, CGL was not present and the RCMP was responsible for dismantling the barriers.

* Prior to the gates being taken down, Hereditary Chiefs met with RCMP who assured them that they were only there to keep the peace; this assurance was subsequently contravened when the RCMP invaded the camp and used unnecessary force to subdue and arrest demonstrators.

* The temporary exclusion zone set up by the RCMP preventing access to the Morice River Bridge would be removed by the morning of Jan 11; however, there are reports that exclusions zones are still in place. These zones not only restrict access to the media but the Wet’suwet’en Nation who are calling it reminiscent of the discriminatory, colonialist pass system in Canada that intended to keep First Nations alienated from settlers. We understand that the RCMP have a checkpoint set up at mile 44 that prevents Wet’suwet’en families from accessing their homes.

* There have been reports that the RCMP has engaged in disrespectful conduct at the Gidimt’en checkpoint, appropriating and using camp supplies such as firewood.

* Reports and concerns that the RCMP used excessively violent and aggressive tactics in their raid of the camp

* The Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidumt’en Territory Facebook page includes a video that articulates RCMP misconduct: https://www.facebook.com/212798726332588/posts/232787287667065/

Due to the positive state of affairs that has been conveyed in your press releases and updates, it is paramount that the DLT provide a clear and accurate account of the events occurring at Gidimt’en. The UBCIC Executive maintains regular contact with the Wet’suwet’en Nation and we remind you that any mistreatment of the Wet’suwet’en Nation or Indigenous peoples will not be tolerated, concealed, or misrepresented.

Tasked with ensuring that respectful and constructive dialogue can continue between First Nation communities and the RCMP, your division must provide immediate clarification regarding the concerns outlined in this letter and commit to respecting Indigenous peoples inherent title and rights, including the right to peacefully demonstrate and exercise their inherent and constitutional rights.


President Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Vice-President Chief Robert Chamberlin
Secretary-Treasurer Kukpi7 Judy Wilson

CC: Office of the Wet’suwet’en
Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Hon. John Horgan, Premier of BC
United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

BCCLA REACTS: Supreme Court upholds expat voters’ rights

January 11, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Frank and Duong v. Canada (Attorney General), a case challenging the constitutionality of parts of the Canada Elections Act that deny many Canadian citizens the right to vote in federal elections if they have lived outside of Canada for more than five years.  Last month, the federal government repealed the law that restricts voting to non-residents.

Today’s decision found that the restriction of voting rights for expat citizens unjustifiably violated section 3 of the Canadian Charter, and ruled that the provisions - which had been in force until recently -should be struck down. A majority of judges found that there was simply no evidence to show that non-resident voting compromised electoral fairness.  As the majority wrote: “[t]he right to vote is a fundamental democratic right, not a mere privilege,” which cannot be denied to Canadians who have decided to live abroad.  The decision highlighted the global nature of modern society and the fact that many Canadians overseas have maintained very strong ties to the country.

The BC Civil Liberties Association (“BCCLA”) intervened in the case to argue that government interference with citizens voting rights should be strictly limited. The BCCLA submitted that, in this case, the government failed to identify any specific, concrete harm caused by expat citizens voting in Canadian federal elections. The BCCLA also argued that the government failed to provide any rational connection between its decision to limit fundamental democratic freedoms of Canadian citizens, and the objectives of its voter laws.

Kate Oja, counsel with the BCCLA, stated: “ The decision reinforces the right to vote as a fundamental right and the cornerstone of democracy – not something that Canadians must earn from the government.”   

The case was initially brought before the Ontario Superior Court by Gillian Frank and Jamie Duong – two Canadian citizens living in the United States who were prevented from voting in the 2011 federal election.  Both men have resided outside of Canada for over five years but have maintained strong connections to Canada, returning to visit their families multiple times a year, and wishing to return to Canada should they find appropriate employment. The Ontario Superior Court found the impugned provisions of the Elections Act unjustifiably denied voting rights to Frank and Duong, and issued an immediate declaration of invalidity. The Ontario Court of Appeal overturned that decision, finding a breach of section 3 of the Charter but allowing the government’s appeal as a justifiable limit on the right to vote.

As of 2009, an estimated 2.8 million Canadians had lived abroad for over a year, and over a million non-resident Canadians were ineligible to vote because of old law, in force until last month.

The Supreme Court’s Reasons for Judgment can be located here

The BCCLA’s factum can be located here

The BCCLA was represented by Brendan van Niejenhuis, Stephen Aylward, and Justin Safayeni of Stockwoods LLP in Toronto.


WHAT:                 Supreme Court of Canada decision in Frank and Duong v. Canada (Attorney General)

CONTACT:           Kate Oja, BCCLA Litigation Counsel, Kate@bccla.org

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT – Appeal court imposes new conditions on solitary confinement while it considers its decision

January 7, 2018, the British Columbia Court of Appeal imposed new conditions on solitary confinement in federal prisons, while granting the federal government’s request for an extension of time before the January 2018 decision to strike down the federal solitary confinement laws comes into effect. The original BC Supreme Court decision will come into effect on June 17, 2019, at which time the existing legislative provisions on administrative segregation will be invalid.

The Court of Appeal wrote that while the federal government will be granted the extension of time that it seeks, the conditions of solitary confinement must change immediately: “While we are prepared to extend the suspension of the declaration of constitutional invalidity, that cannot be a justification for the federal government to maintain unchanged the conditions of inmates kept in administrative segregation. Without violating the existing legislation, the government must take steps to deal with constitutional concerns.” (paragraph 32)

The organizations who brought the Charter challenge, the BC Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada, stated: “While we await the Court of Appeal’s ruling on our challenge, today’s decision makes clear that the conditions of solitary confinement in federal prisons must change immediately.”

The Court of Appeal’s conditions include the following:

  • Daily visits of health care professionals with inmates in administrative segregation must include a visual observation of the inmate, unless, due to exceptional circumstances, such observation would jeopardize the safety of Correctional Service of Canada personnel.
  • Inmates in administrative segregation must be offered an additional 30 minutes of yard time each day, and have an opportunity to be out of their cells for a minimum of 2½ hours per day.
  • Prisoners must be allowed to have legal counsel at hearings related to their placement in solitary confinement, and must be informed of that right. The BC Supreme Court found that the right to counsel has been denied to prisoners in such hearings.
  • The government must ensure that Indigenous Elders routinely visit segregation units and be able to offer one on one counselling to Indigenous prisoners.
  • The government must start to open units outside of solitary confinement for prisoners who do not wish to integrate into the mainstream prison population or who are assessed at being unable to integrate safely.
  • A system of review of solitary placements must be created so that “no inmate will remain in administrative segregation for more than fifteen days without such continued detention being authorized by a senior official who is neither the institutional head of the institution where the inmate is incarcerated nor a person who is subordinate to that institutional head.”

Following a 9 week trial in the summer of 2017, the BC Supreme Court issued judgment in January 2018 in favour of the BCCLA and JHSC. The BC Supreme Court held that the laws are unconstitutional in that they permit prolonged, indefinite solitary confinement, fail to provide an independent review of segregation placements and deprive inmates of the right to counsel at segregation review hearings.

The trial court determined that the regime violates prisoners’ Charter section 7 right to life because it places prisoners at increased risk of self-harm and suicide. It violates their right to security of the person because it causes psychological and physical harm.

The Court further held that the laws were unconstitutional because they discriminate against the mentally ill and disabled, and against Indigenous prisoners. The federal government has not appealed the determination that the law discriminates against Indigenous prisoners.

The Reasons for Judgment of the BC Court of Appeal can be located https://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/ca/19/00/2019BCCA0005.htm  

The BCCLA and JHSC are represented in this case by Alison Latimer and Joseph Arvay, Q.C., of Arvay Finlay LLP, Vancouver.



Josh Paterson, Executive Director, BCCLA, josh@bccla.org, 778-829-8973

Across the country, brave and passionate voices come together to challenge attitudes and stop stigma and say, "Yes. I live with dementia. Let me help you understand."


Vancouver, B.C. - Lisa Glanville's mother Ollie was officially diagnosed with dementia in 2016, but Lisa had spent several years noticing symptoms and first reached out to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. for support in 2014. "Some of the most challenging days for me were before we had the diagnosis," Lisa shares. "I had no firsthand experience with the disease and it was meeting other people in similar situations - through support groups and education - that helped us move forward."

Armed with a greater understanding of the challenges that face them, Lisa has focused on helping her mother find ways to enjoy life, including the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s Minds in Motion®, a social and fitness program for people in the early stages of the disease and a care partner.

When asked what she would say to someone to help them understand the disease, Lisa says, "They’re still the same person, and still as emotional as ever. It's about connecting with the person - with your eyes, your tone of voice or a gesture."

That's the premise of the Alzheimer Society's continuing nationwide campaign: Yes. I live with dementia. Let me help you understand. While there is no question that dementia is a challenging disease, it's just one aspect of a person's life story.

The campaign kicks into high gear on Monday, January 7, 2019 during Alzheimer's Awareness Month. It showcases the unique and diverse stories of individuals living with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia across Canada. The aim of the campaign is to change attitudes toward the disease and erase the stigma. Life continues after a diagnosis of dementia.

"We're turning the conversation over to the experts," says Morgan Donahue, Support and Education Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s Vancouver Resource Centre. "We believe sharing the stories of Canadians living with dementia will fuel a more open, supportive and inclusive dialogue about dementia and give confidence to others who have this disease to live their best lives."

Research shows that stigma associated with dementia is rampant. In a survey commissioned by the Alzheimer Society last year, one in five Canadians said they would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they had dementia while one in five admitted to using derogatory or stigmatizing language about dementia.

In addition to helping Canadians better understand dementia, Alzheimer's Awareness Month provides a platform for people like Ollie and Lisa to define who they are as individuals, rather than being defined by the impact of the disease.

Throughout January and the remainder of the year, Canadians are invited to visit the campaign's dedicated website to learn more about the people getting on with their life in spite of dementia, get tips on how to help end stigma, test their own attitudes towards the disease and download other useful resources. Residents of Vancouver are invited to an open house at the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s Vancouver Resource Centre on Thursday, January 31 to hear Lisa share her story and talk about the importance of raising awareness and challenging stigma.

To learn more about the campaign and get involved, visit ilivewithdementia.ca.

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Interviews can be scheduled with Morgan Donahue (Support and Education Coordinator) and Lisa Glanville (caregiver).

Alzheimer's Awareness Month Open House
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Location: 301 - 828 West Eighth Avenue, Vancouver

Media contact

Ben Rawluk
Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Phone: 604-742-4912 | Cell: 604-812-4497
Email: brawluk@alzheimerbc.org
Website: www.alzheimerbc.org

Dementia is a term that describes a general group of brain disorders. Symptoms include the loss of memory, impaired judgment, and changes in behaviour and personality. Dementia is progressive, degenerative and eventually terminal.


Families across British Columbia are affected by Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. The Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s ultimate vision is a world without dementia; that vision begins with a world where people living with the disease are welcomed, acknowledged and included. Working in communities throughout the province, the Society supports, educates and advocates for people with dementia, as well as enabling research into the disease. As part of a national federation, the Society is a leading authority on the disease in Canada.

Humanists celebrate repeal of blasphemy law

Humanists, atheists and agnostics are cheering the passage of a bill that repeals Canada's prohibition on "blasphemous libel" in the Senate yesterday. Canada's 19th century blasphemy law will be no more once the bill receives Royal Assent.

Section 296 of the criminal code provided for up to two years in prison for publishing "a blasphemous libel." The last successful conviction was in 1927; however, an Anglican clergy tried unsuccessfully to use it to censor a screening of Monty Python's The Life of Brian in 1979.

"The passage of this Bill is a clear recognition by Parliament that archaic restrictions on freedom of expression have no place in Canada," said Ian Bushfield, the Executive Director of the BC Humanist Association. "Further, it serves as a sign that Canada condemns those theocracies around the world that are willing to punish someone for disagreeing with religious orthodoxy."

Bill C-51 was introduced by the Liberal government as part of a broad set of reforms to the Criminal Code. It followed a Parliamentary e-Petition signed by over 7400 Canadians calling for the repeal of the blasphemy law.

The Senate amended sexual assault provisions in the bill and passed it at third reading in October. The House of Commons rejected those amendments on Monday and the Senate accepted the House's version of the bill on Tuesday.

The bill now awaits Royal Assent by Governor General Julie Payette, at which point Canada's blasphemy law will be officially repealed.

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Read more: https://www.bchumanist.ca/canada_repeals_blasphemy_law

Contact: Ian Bushfield, Executive Director
Email: exdir@bchumanist.ca
Phone: 778.680.5729

UBCIC: We Must Respect the Rights of Unist’ot’en Land Defenders

On November 26th, Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of the TransCanada Corporation, applied for an injunction and served the Unist’ot’en camp with notice for a civil lawsuit.

The Unist’ot’en camp is a non-violent gathering of Indigenous land defenders and members of the Unist’ot’en house group in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern BC. Under the authority of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, these land defenders are actively practicing their inherent Indigenous Title and Rights to protect the land and pursue their right to self-determination. Coastal GasLink is seeking an interim, interlocutory or permanent injunction, as well as financial damages against the Unist’ot’en land defenders for “occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access” to their proposed project site.

A central tenant to the standards and rights affirmed within the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which both Canada and BC have endorsed and committed to implement, is the right of Indigenous peoples to protect their lands and territories, to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with the lands and to own, use, develop and control those lands. Article 8 of the UN Declaration calls on States to provide effective mechanisms for prevention of any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing indigenous peoples of their lands, territories or resources.

UBCIC calls upon the Canadian Justice system to uphold the human rights and dignity of Indigenous peoples.  Indigenous land defenders must be treated with respect and must have their right to defend their lands and territories from the impacts of industry and climate change recognized and protected. The federal and provincial governments, industry and the various policing agencies have the responsibility to uphold the principles and standards of the UN Declaration and to respect the inherent Title and Rights of Indigenous Land Defenders.

Media inquiries: Ellena Neel, UBCIC Communications Coordinator, 778-866-0548

Chelene Knight wins the 2018 City of Vancouver Book Award for Dear Current Occupant

Photo: (left to right) VPL Board Chair Kyla Epstein, Chelene Knight, and Deputy Major De Genova, 2018.
Credit: Tim Matheson

Poet, memorialist, editor and programming director Chelene Knight was presented the 30th annual City of Vancouver Book Award by Deputy Mayor Melissa De Genova and VPL Board Chair Kyla Epstein on December 8, 2018. At an event in the new community space at the Vancouver Public Library's top floor, finalist authors and guest speakers came together and read while discussing their work on the complexities of representation, space and community.

In Dear Current Occupant (Book*hug), Knight chronicles her childhood growing up precariously-housed in East Vancouver in 20 different homes. The author pens letters to their current occupants, deconstructing her past and redefining what it means to belong and to be home.

Also reading from their works were:

  • Travis Lupick author of Fighting for Space (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Meredith Quartermain representing Erín Moure for Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots (New Star Books)
  • Renée Sarojini Saklikar representing Rachel Rose for Sustenance (Anvil Press)

The shortlist and winner were chosen by an independent jury that included Nav Nagra, Dory Nason and Billeh Nickerson. They saw Dear Current Occupant as a stand-out work, with Knight's poetic voice creating a powerful memoir.

About the author

Chelene Knight is the Managing Editor at Room Magazine which publishes a quarterly literary journal and programs inclusive events that amplify racialized and marginalized voices such as the Indigenous Brilliance Reading Series, Growing Room Festival and AfterWord. A graduate of the Writer's Studio at SFU, Dear Current Occupant is Knight's second book. Her first book was Braided Skin (Mother Tongue) and a forthcoming novel will be set in Hogan's Alley. Knight received a cash prize of $3,000.

Congratulations to this year's finalist authors and publishers!

Learn more

Photo: (left to right) Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Meredith Quartermain, Travis Lupick and Chelene Knight.
Credit: Tim Matheson

Rethinking BC Referendums: Overcoming the challenge of 'yes' vs. 'no' (Jan 31)


Is there a way to consult the public without divisive rhetoric and poor-quality public discourse? When is a referendum an appropriate tool?

About the Event: 

The last few years have seen British Columbians participate in an unprecedented number of referendums. The result has frequently been increased political and regional division, confused voters, and a platform for extreme ideas.

In the time of fake news, ideological biases, and the rapid spread of misinformation, voters often have difficulty finding relevant, reliable, and concise information to help them assess the policy issues that appear on their ballots. Is there a way to consult the public without divisive rhetoric and poor-quality public discourse? And when is a referendum an appropriate tool to do so?

On Thursday, January 31, from 5:00pm-7:00pm, SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue will host a community dialogue to discuss real democratic reforms happening in the United States and in Canada. Penn State University political communication professor John Gastil will share his insights on a reform that can help voters make smarter decisions in initiative elections. This event is one of the thirty events happening in 2019, celebrating the 30th anniversary of SFU's Vancouver Campus.

This event is free but registration is required. Save your seats now! 


Speaker: John Gastil, Professor of Political Communication, Penn State University  

Dr. John Gastil studies political deliberation and group decision making across a range of contexts. 
His work on the Citizens’ Initiative Review has helped evaluate an exciting new form of public deliberation that should improve initiative elections. His Jury and Democracy Project has investigated, and hopefully helped vindicate, the jury system as a valuable civic educational institution. He teaches courses on Democratic Deliberation and Group Communication.  

 Shauna Sylvester, Professor of Professional Practice, SFU

Shauna Sylvester is the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue and Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of SFU Public Square. Shauna is a skilled facilitator, social entrepreneur and commentator on international issues.  She has led several dialogues on density, business development, transportation and energy and she served as the lead facilitator for the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing in Vancouver. 

18-UC-0460-wordmark600px-WEB-sidebar (2).jpgThis dialogue is a part of the thirty events taking place in 2019 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of SFU's Vancouver Campus.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion

This issue is the subject of intense debate across BC, Alberta, and the rest of the country, but is of particular interest to SFU students and Burnaby Residents because it's happening right here in Burnaby, and right here on Burnaby Mountain!


  • Kinder Morgan Representatives
  • Local, Provincial and Federal Government representatives
    • Councillor/MLA/MP, Mayor/Premier/PM, Representatives from Department of Energy, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, etc
  • Professors from Political Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Economics, Geology Departments etc (SFU, UBC, Langara, etc)


"Verdict clear, Trudeau should cancel Trans Mountain”—Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to accept the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project’s defeat in the Federal Court of Appeal, and to cancel the disastrous Canada-owned project altogether.

“Trudeau’s own ministerial panel in 2016 predicted the Federal Court of Appeal verdict, noting the same serious deficiencies with the approval process for the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project as the court did,” said UBCIC President Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. “This project should never have been approved—it’s a disaster for the climate, and a spill from a diluted bitumen tanker could cause devastation in our coastal waters. The Canadian government needs to accept the verdict of the court and cancel Trans Mountain like it cancelled Enbridge’s Northern Gateway.”

Kinder Morgan Canada, now the Trans Mountain Corporation, continues to press to continue construction on the pipeline and tanker project as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes public statements that undermine the integrity of the consultation process, doubling down on the errors for which the Federal Court of Appeal just chastised, quashing the project’s approval.

While the court found that the consultation framework Canada selected was reasonable, it found that Canada failed “to engage, dialogue meaningfully and grapple with the concerns expressed to it in good faith by the Indigenous applicants so as to explore the possible accommodation of these concerns” (para 754). This resulted in “an unreasonable consultation process” (para 762) that fell “well short of the mark set by the Supreme Court of Canada” (para 6).

“The unanimous Federal Court of Appeal verdict was clear: making notes of Indigenous concerns and then shredding them and proceeding as normal will not work to build the Trans Mountain pipeline and project,” said UBCIC Vice-President Chief Bob Chamberlin. “Instead of acknowledging that the Canadian government erred when approving the project and seeking in good faith to fix those errors, they continue with statements that the TMX will be built. This makes a mockery of revisiting Consultation with First Nations and disregards the commitment to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

“For the leader of this country to continue to insist that the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project should be built despite this court ruling is a slap in the face to the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the government of Canada, and is contradictory to reconciliation, falling short of recommendations in the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action” said Chief Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the UBCIC. 

Opposition to the pipeline and tanker project includes the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, representing more than 150 nations across North America, more than 350,000 petition signers, the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, Victoria and 19 other municipalities, the state of Washington and the province of British Columbia.

Media inquiries:

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs: (250-490-5314)

Chief Bob Chamberlin, Vice-President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs: (250-974-8282

Chief Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer, Union of BC Indian Chiefs: (250-320-7738)

Opioid Crisis

Vancouver continues to struggle with Fentanyl and general opioid consumption, concentrated in but not limited to the city's Downtown Eastside. Interesting perspectives might include workers at safe injection sites, individuals and groups involved with harm-reduction projects like pre-party drug testing, harm-reduction advocates, law enforcement and medical authorities, etc.

Site C Dam

Despite the controversial Dam project's recent approval by the BC NDP, opposition continues with The Site C Summit, which will review the rationale and the consultation/decision-making processes that led to the decision.

This will be followed by community action planning in solidarity with First Nations.

More info: http://www.sitecsummit.ca/

Authors to Interview, Books to Review!

  • Andrew MacLeod - All Together Healthy: A Canadian Wellness Revolution
    • Award-winning Author and Journalist Andrew MacLeod combines meticulous research and lively interviews and personla stories in this examination of the pressing issu      inequalities in health and public policy in Canada with a focus on BC

CJSF & SFU's External Student Groups NEED A HOME!

 The SFSS has decided not to award space in the new SUB to CJSF, the Peak, and most of the other external student groups. Many of those groups currently share space in the Rotunda, which SFU intends to redevelop, meaning that these groups are at risk of being homeless.

People to talk to:
  • CJSF staff
  • The Peak
  • FNSA
  • SFSS Representatives
  • SFU Representatives


Embark is SFU's student sustainability organization, and they regularly host events on and off-campus that could make for great radio.


The Peak

Connect with a writer from The Peak to discuss their recent story!

Special Programming

  • February is Black History Month!
    • 2019 Black History Month Community Celebration
      • Join Mayor Kennedy Stewart and Vancouver City Council in proclaiming February as Black History Month in the City of Vancouver.

        Friday, February 1, 2019
        Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
        Third Floor, Council Chamber

        Event from 6:00-7:00 pm
        Light catered reception from 7:00-8:00 pm

        Staff from Bank of Canada will be present to exchange old bills for the new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond.
    • The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS)
    • VIFF Black History Month film series curated by Barbara Chirinos
      • Feb 2-26, 2019 @ VanCity Theatre (Vancouver)
    • Discussion: The Scott Family
      • February 9, 2019, 11:00am @ Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave (Surrey)
      • Uncover the untold story of Cloverdale's Scott family during the mid-twentieth century. Local black history is brought to the forefront as a family's past is explored.
        The only photo we have of a member of the Scott family

    • Exhibiting artists Camille Turner and Jérôme Havre, with special guest Wayde Compton, reflect on the collaborative film project Triangle Trade 
      • This vibrant work brings to life multiple worlds imagined through puppetry, film, and performance, while testifying to the infinitely varied nature of black diasporic experience.

        The artists will share their practices and process of collaboration toward this film and beyond. They will also discuss diasporic experiences of belonging, movement, and relationship to land and community. Audiences will have an opportunity to share in the Q & A session to follow.

        About the Artists

        Camille Turner

        Camille Turner is an explorer of race, space, home, and belonging. Born in Jamaica and based in Toronto for many years, she combines Afrofuturism and historical research in her interventions, installations, and public engagements that have been presented throughout Canada and internationally. Wanted, a collaboration with Camal Pirbhai, was presented most recently by the Art Gallery of Ontario and uses the trope of fashion to transform 18th-century newspaper posts by Canadian slave owners into contemporary fashion ads. Camille is the founder of Outerregion, an Afrofuturist performance group. She has lectured at various institutions such as University of Toronto, Algoma University, and Toronto School of Art. She is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design and York University’s Masters in Environmental Studies program where she is currently a PhD candidate.

        Jérôme Havre

        Jérôme Havre’s multidisciplinary art practice focuses on issues of identity, community, and territory, investigating the political and sociological processes of contemporary life as they relate to nationalism in France and Canada. He uses a variety of tools and methods to make tangible the conditions of identity within situations of social transformation. Havre completed his studies at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris). Since 2001, he has exhibited in Europe, Africa, and North America. Recent shows include Talking Back, Otherwise, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto; Paradis: La fabrique de l’image, espace d’art contemporain 14°N 61°W, Martinique; Land Marks, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario; Liminal (Necessity and accident), The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON; and Reiteration, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. He is currently based in Toronto.

        Wayde Compton

        Wayde Compton is the author of four books and the editor of two anthologies. His collection of short stories, The Outer Harbour, won the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2015 and he won a National Magazine Award (Silver) for Fiction in 2011. His work has been a finalist for two other City of Vancouver Book Awards as well as the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2006 Compton co-founded Commodore Books, western Canada’s first Black Canadian literary press. Compton has been writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University, Green College at the University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Public Library. From 2012-18, he administrated the Creative Writing Program in Continuing Studies at SFU, including the award-winning Writer’s Studio. Compton teaches in the faculty of Creative Writing at Douglas College.

    • The Afronautic Research Lab
      • Time travel to the future and visit the Afronautic Research Lab. The Afronauts have returned to Earth to save the future of the planet. Become a researcher in a futuristic reading room and uncover evidence of Canada's Black communities and histories. Contemplate ads by Canadian slave owners in 18th century newspapers. Once the past is acknowledged, the future WILL change. A project by artist Camille Turner.

        Presented by Or Gallery in partnership with Surrey Art Gallery (with artist talk).

        Supported by the City of Vancouver Public Art Community Grant.   

        Part of Black History Month.

      • Friday, February 15, 2019 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
        Central Library
    • CJSF will be collaborating with  SFU SOCA to record & broadcast a public forum about Black spaces on campus (Tentatively Scheduled for February 16th - looking for volunteers to help with technical set-up & take-down; video and audio recording; editing and post-production)
    • Charlotte is spearheading a round-table discussion, with some potential discussion points below:
      • How people from the African Diaspora see themselves;
      • How, and whether they respond to things labeled "Racialized" and are people aware of the diverse history of Blacks in Canada as aboriginal/indigenous people, refugees from slavery or political oppression, and immigrant settlers;
      • Is there a generational difference in perception about what it means to be Black in Canada/US/Europe and the ways people celebrate Black History month in those countries.
  • February 5th is Chinese New Year
  • February 13th is World Radio Day

Calendar of Opportunities

posted Feb 5, 2014, 10:50 AM by CJSF 90.1FM   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 10:50 AM ]

*Details are provided, if you Ctrl click on the event shown in calendar and the link will direct you to the exact location.

*A list of interview needed is right below; please go find out what interests you


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