I will be very sorry to miss this one. My bad luck/bad schedule.
Organized via Distinguished Speaker Series of Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Indigenous Students’ Association, Osgoode Women’s Caucus & Just Law
Amidst growing calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School will be hosting a discussion on what form such an inquiry should take with David Eby and Robyn Gervais on Monday, December 3. Mr. Eby and Ms. Gervais will offer insight based on their experiences with the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry (MWCI).The MWCI was convened by the B.C. government in 2010 to investigate police conduct in response to the disappearance of women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The majority of these women were Aboriginal and later found to be the victims of serial killer Robert Pickton. The inquiry’s final report is due to be released on November 30, 2012.
Mr. Eby is the Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, an organization that was initially granted standing to participate in the inquiry but withdrew after the state failed to provide legal funding for Aboriginal, women and other community groups to participate. Ms. Gervais was the Independent Counsel for Aboriginal Interests during the Inquiry, before resigning due to the indifference and bias she perceived from the commission.
Mr. Eby and Ms. Gervais will discuss the controversy surrounding the MWCI and comment on lessons that may be used to craft a meaningful process to address the systemic discrimination and violence that Aboriginal women continue to face.