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Monday, October 4

1:00pm PDT

Day school applications: a hands-on workshop

The Federal Indian Day School Class Action is an ongoing class action between Indian Day School Survivors and the Government of Canada.  A Federal Court Order has appointed Deloitte to process claims for Day Schools Claimants.
As advocates some of the client you serve will want to apply for the Federal Indian Day School Class Action Settlement, (FIDSCAS).  This workshop will help you prepare for assisting your clients.  We will give you a brief history of Indian Day Schools in Canada, talk about interviewing clients, creating a narrative, and determining a "Level of Harm", as the application form requires the client to pick a Level of Harm from Level 1 to Level 5.  We will give you an example from each Level of Harm to help you determine, for your own client interactions, how to place the clients experience within the continuum of Harm experienced.

Handouts will be available.

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Gloria Cardinal

Legal Assistant/Advocate, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
Gloria has been a Legal Advocate/Legal Assistant with the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic for over four years.  Gloria has worked extensively with clients who have experienced trauma.  Her advocacy work includes interviewing clients for their Indian Day School claims, advocating... Read More →
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Jaden Bourque

Volunteer, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
I am an alumnus of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, and a former articling student with the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC). I am currently completing PLTC and am in the process of developing a partnership with my sister, Sharae Antley... Read More →

Monday October 4, 2021 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
Thursday, October 14

1:00pm PDT

Temporary foreign workers: current issues and resources

MWC Staff Lawyers Natalie Drolet and Ravneet Riar will present a webinar on the following topics: updates to temporary immigration public policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, the vulnerable worker open work permit program, and pathways to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers. The webinar will also provide a brief overview of Employment Standards in BC with a discussion of promising practices for preparing complaints for temporary foreign workers.

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Ravneet Riar (she/her)

Staff Lawyer, Migrant Workers Centre
Ravneet is a staff lawyer at the Migrant Workers Centre where she focuses on immigration, employment and human rights law. As an immigrant herself, she is committed to using the law to amplify the voices and stories of marginalized communities. She has an LLM from the University of... Read More →
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Natalie Drolet (she/her)

Executive Director-Staff Lawyer, Migrant Workers Centre BC Society
Natalie joined MWC as Executive Director – Staff Lawyer in 2014. Her legal practice focuses on the areas of immigration law and employment law, and she has represented migrant workers before all levels of court in BC. Before joining MWC, she served as the Staff Lawyer for a multilingual... Read More →

Thursday October 14, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
Monday, October 18

9:00am PDT

Addressing discrimination: choosing the appropriate venue

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Odette Dempsey-Caputo

Staff Lawyer, Kamloops Legal Clinic
Odette Dempsey-Caputo has been a civil litigation lawyer in British Columbia for over 12 years. Her practice has primarily included working on legal aid files and working at legal clinics, giving her a unique perspective on access to justice for those that are marginalized in her... Read More →

Andrew Robb

Staff Lawyer, Disability Law Clinic
Andrew Robb (he, him) is the staff lawyer at the Disability Law Clinic at Disability Alliance BC. The Disability Law Clinic is the first non-profit community legal clinic in BC that specialises in disability rights law.

Monday October 18, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting

1:00pm PDT

Human rights claims: hands-on work on making a claim

This interactive 2-hour workshop will involve assessing a scenario to spot the human rights issues and complete a human rights complaint form. You will learn the requirements of different parts of the complaint form, as well as answers to some commonly-asked questions.  

It is recommended that participants watch this 20-minute video before the session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lZx0L0AwGA&t=1s

If human rights law is completely new to you, you might also benefit from these two webinars:


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Laura Track

Clinic Director, Human Rights Lawyer, Director of Education, Community Legal Assistance Society, BC Human Rights Clinic

Monday October 18, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, October 20

9:00am PDT

Legal issues on reserve: current issues
In this session we will be discussing some common legal issues on reserve, specifically Wills and Estates and Housing. We will go over some of the law in these areas and discuss what our clients report to us on these issues and how we are addressing them at our clinic. 


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Jaden Bourque

Volunteer, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
I am an alumnus of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, and a former articling student with the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC). I am currently completing PLTC and am in the process of developing a partnership with my sister, Sharae Antley... Read More →
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Christopher Heslinga (he, him, his)

Supervising Lawyer, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
I am a Supervising Lawyer for the UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, as well as the UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program. I supervise law students working on legal files in the areas of Indigenous/Aboriginal law, human rights, residential tenancy, employment, small claims and... Read More →

Wednesday October 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, October 26

9:00am PDT

Gender and Name Change Forms: A how-to guide

This is a practical hands-on tutorial on completing name and gender change application forms for trans, non-binary and 2 spirit clients.

This two-hour workshop is aimed at lawyers, law students, health navigators, social workers, case managers and advocates who are assisting clients navigate the name and gender change process for provincial documents in BC (Birth Certificate, BCDL, BCID and Service Card).  This workshop will also cover the process for commissioning affidavits by video, and best practices for ID verification for trans people.
Those whose work in an organization that qualifies them to apply as Commissioners for taking affidavits are particularly invited to attend. More info on that is available here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/for-legal-professionals/commissioners-for-taking-affidavitsParticipants in this webinar have been able to claim up to 2hrs of CPD with LSBC, 30 minutes of which is ethics.

To refer clients to the CWHWC All Genders Legal Clinic, write to contactus@cwhwc.com.
You can reach Adrienne at lawyer@adriennesmithlaw.com. They would love to be your friend on all the socials.

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Adrienne Smith (they/them)

Lawyer, Adrienne Smith Law
Adrienne Smith is a transgender human rights activist and social justice lawyer. They recently settled a BC Supreme Court case which guaranteed access to opiate replacement therapy for prisoners in BC jails. Adrienne appeared at the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada... Read More →

Tuesday October 26, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, November 17

1:00pm PST

Helping clients keep their belongings
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his session will focus on the importance of personal belongings and the challenges tenants face with retriving their personal belongings after they have been evicted from their homes. We will also discuss successful strategies to assist tenants with recovering their personal belongings.

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Danielle Sabelli

Lawyer, Community Legal Assistance Society
Danielle is a lawyer in the Community Law Program at CLAS and works primarily in the areas of residential tenancies and income assistance. Danielle has provided representation to clients at various administrative tribunals, the BC Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal.Prior to... Read More →

Wednesday November 17, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Zoom Meeting