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40th Anniversary Conference on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

June 17, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Our Charter – Our Rights:
40th Anniversary Conference on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

This is a two-day event, on Thursday, June 16th from 8:30 – 5:30, and Friday, June 17th from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Elizabeth will appear on a panel from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Friday, June 17th. The event is in person, at the University of Ottawa. There is also a live-stream option.

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Fauteux Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

DAY TWO: Friday 17 June
9:00 – 9:10 Opening: Prof Penelope Simons, Gordon F Henderson Chair of Human Rights and Vice Dean, Common Law, University of Ottawa

9:10 – 10:30 40 Years for Human Rights – Recalling the Challenges and Progress
• Senator Marilou McPhedran
• Huguette Labelle, Chair of the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments; former Chancellor of the University of Ottawa
• Library and Archives Canada
• Justice William F Pentney, Federal Court of Canada

10:30 – 11:00 Health Break

11:00 – 12:30 Filling Gaps – Environment, Economic & Social Rights, Full Inclusion
• Elizabeth May MP, Green Party of Canada
• James Burton QC, Doughty Street Chambers, co-founder JustFair
• Dr Murtazah Shaikh, UK Ofcom Hate Speech and Social Media Advisor
• Dr Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues


13:30 – 14:45 The Fourth Branch: Towards Effective Implementation
• Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner CHRC – 45th Anniversary
• Kasari Govender, Commissioner, BC Human Rights Commissioner

14:45 – 15:00 Health Break

15:00 – 16:15 The Human Rights Based Approach Towards Better National and Global Governance, Development and Wellbeing
• Professor Alan Miller, Inaugural Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission
16:15 – 17:30 Nation Building and Charter Implementation in Inuit Nunangat
• Natan Obed, President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami


18:30 – 21:00 Ottawa launch of “The Cost of Freedom” documentary of refugee journalists in Canada, followed by discussion with film-maker James Cullingham and featured refugee journalist Luis Horacio Nájera


June 17, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm