Darcy Lindberg presents a wahkohtowin learning and practice moment on Wetaskiwin.
Reconciliation: Wahkohtowin Conference
Opening Keynote by Lorena Fontaine, University of Winnipeg
“Kwayeskatasowin (Setting Things Right)”
Journalist Chantal Hébert addresses the question — where are we at 25 years after the spectacular failure of the 1992 Charlottetown Accord?
Hébert is a national affairs writer with the Toronto Star and a guest columnist for L’Actualité and Le Devoir. She participates weekly on CBC’s At Issue panel on The National where she is known for being knowledgeable and straightforward on the political issues of the day. Hébert is also an Officer of the Order of Canada.
The dynamic relationship between Aboriginal Canada, French Canada and English-speaking Canada — the three pillars on which the country has been built — explain the odyssey Canada has been on for a quarter of a millennium. The failure of English-speaking Canada to eliminate the two smaller pillars – the nations within — in the century before Confederation is the key to Canada’s becoming the world’s leading multinational and multicultural country. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, we need to understand Canada as it was at 250.
This lecture is part of the Centre’s 2017 Speaker Series “Looking Back & Moving Forward: How the Constitution Shapes Canada” to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Constitution.
Historian Ian McKay suggested years ago that Canada was essentially a ‘liberal’ project. As part of our speaker series for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Constitution, Professor Claude Couture suggests that in terms of its political and constitutional culture, Canada was greatly shaped by the influence of utilitarianism — a key element of the British Empire’s cultural web at the time of the BNA Act.
This lecture is part of the Centre’s 2017 Speaker Series ‘Looking Back & Moving Forward: How the Constitution Shapes Canada’ to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Constitution.
Tighter controls on access to government information and restrictions on sharing information create new legal challenges for the press. Join media lawyer Matthew Woodley as he addresses the limits on freedom of the press and the need for new avenues that safeguard reporting that is in the public interest.
This event features guest speakers Dr. Kristopher Wells (Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services) and Dr. James Kent Donlevy (Associate Professor, University of Calgary; prolific speaker on religious freedom issues in Canada and US).
Schools in Alberta are now required to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) for those students who request one. This talk considers two key questions – What does this mean for religious-based schools who refuse to do so? How can respect for religious freedom and protection of equality rights be balanced under Canada’s constitutional framework?
28th Annual McDonald Lecture: “Policing the Police”
Featuring: Christy Lopez, Deputy Chief of Special Investigations (Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice)
Eliminating systemic civil rights violations by police officers often requires changing the culture of the entire law enforcement agency. Christy Lopez is a pioneer in the area of police oversight, and she discusses how changing police culture may require limiting what police officers can do in order to align with what they should do.
Controlling Physician-Assisted Death:
Controversial Considerations for a Made-In-Canada Approach
Physician-assisted death will be legal in Canada as of June 6th. What should the role of physicians be? Who should have access? To what extent should the government control the process? Should there be uniform policy for all Canadians and what role should the provinces play? Panelists present three different perspectives on what legislation ought to include and, more controversially, exclude.
Reverend Brian Kiely, Spokesperson, Dying With Dignity Canada
Dr. Will Johnston, Chair, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of British Columbia
Professor Ubaka Ogbogu, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
Ms. Magna Carta and the Centre for Constitutional Studies were pleased to welcome Dr. Carolyn Harris to the University of Alberta Faculty of Law on Nov. 26, 2015. Dr. Harris condensed 800 years of history into one hour and explained how Magna Carta has shaped Canada’s Constitution today.
Question and answer with Delwin Vriend, Barbara Findlay QC, and Dr. Kris Wells.
Dr. Kris Wells of the Institute for Minority Studies and Services speaks about sexual minority rights in education.
Barbara findlay QC discusses the hard road to equality in Canada.
Delwin Vriend reflects on his landmark case (Vriend v Alberta) which resulted in inclusion of sexual orientation as a protected ground in Alberta’s Human Rights Legislation.