Thank you to everyone who attended our Roundtable on December 10th. The goal of our roundtable, held with the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services, was to examine and celebrate human rights victories of the past and engage in a deep discussion about current issues in the realm of human rights, with a special focus on the racialized aspects of poverty, income inequality, justice, education, and intercultural understanding.
Keynote Speaker: Raj Dhir, Ontario Human Rights Commission
Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel
Raj Dhir comes to the OHRC from the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Civil Law Division, where he was overseeing ten Legal Services Branches. As the Portfolio Director, he led the development of the Civil Law Division’s Anti-Racism Action Plan and played a key role in coordinating Indigenous legal advice on several high profile matters for the government. Previously, Raj was the Legal Director at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. He has also served as a Deputy Director in roles at the Ministry of the Attorney General (Crown Law Office – Civil and the Constitutional Law Branch) and the Ministry of Labour (Litigation and Solicitor Practices). Raj also spent 11 years as counsel at the OHRC where he litigated and advised on a variety of human rights matters and appeared before administrative tribunals and at all levels of court up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Avvy Go, Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Avvy is a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and has been serving in that role, on and off, since 2001. She also serves on the LSUC’s Access to Justice Committee,the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and the Human Rights Monitoring Group.
Avvy has received the following awards: Senate of Canada 150 medal (2017), SOAR Medal (2017), Order of Ontario (2014), the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers’ Lawyer of Distinction Award (2012), City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations (2008) and President's Award of the Women's Law Association of Ontario (2002).
Michael Kerr, Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change
Having worked in a number of capacities with several newcomer settlement and refugee advocacy groups and organizations over many years, as well as being active in a broad spectrum of equity, human rights and racial justice advocacy efforts and community-based campaigns -he was the founding Coordinator of the National Anti-Racism Council of Canada-NARCC( 2001-2006 ).
Colour of Poverty –Colour of Change is a joint province-wide effort by a growing number of groups, agencies and organizations –ethno-specific and other health and social service providers as well as human rights, anti-racism and racial justice advocacy-minded groups and individuals –jointly working to address and redress the growing racialization of poverty and other related expressions of colour-coded inequality and marginalization –of both First Peoples and peoples of colour –and for racial equity, human dignity and social justice more generally across Ontario.
S. Mwarigha, VP, Woodgreen Community Centre
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