Directions, the Canadian Race Relation’s journal, provides community-based, action-oriented research, commentary, and perspectives on eliminating racism and discrimination.
We are pleased to announce that the November submission in Directions comes from Professor Colleen Sheppard, Rebecca Jones, and Nathaniel Reilly of McGill University. “Contesting Discrimination in Quebec’s Bill 21: Constitutional Limits on Opting out of Human Rights” is an original commentary on the discriminatory effects of Bill 21 – particularly that of Muslim women. This paper seeks to evaluate the existing marginalization of Muslim women who wear religious symbols, how Bill 21 adds further to their marginalization, and how to contest these issues legally by drawing from the Canadian and Quebec Charters.
With this commentary as well as papers in the upcoming months, we look forward to keeping the conversation and discussion on Bill 21 ongoing by bringing in different perspectives and aspects. Stay tuned!
Rebecca Rothschild Jones is an articling student at the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. She has a B.A.& Sc. and a B.C.L./LL.B. from McGill University. Before her legal studies, Rebecca worked at the diversity education non-profit ENSEMBLE pour le respect de la diversité in Montreal; she developed and facilitated workshops on promoting and sustaining inclusive educational environments for elementary, high school and university students, as well as faculty and community organizations. In 2014, she co-founded “Canada’s Self Portrait”, an award-winning collaborative art project exploring Canadian identity that exhibited at the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax. As a law student, Rebecca worked at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations, and the Yukon Human Rights Commission. She also worked as a research assistant for Professor Colleen Sheppard, conducting research on equality rights, constitutional law, and systemic discrimination, and co-presenting “Systemic Discrimination: A Multi-Layered Approach” at the 2018 conference for the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies.
Nathaniel Reilly is a second-year law student at the McGill University Faculty of Law where, among other involvements, he serves as a junior editor on the McGill Law Journal and as the co-director of the International Refugee Assistance Project. Nathaniel has been the recipient of several academic awards from the McGill Faculty of Law, including the Stephen A Scott Award in constitutional law and the Adolphe Mailhiot Prize for the highest standing in the first-year program. Prior to his legal studies he worked for a variety of research groups, including at the World Bank, Innovations for Poverty Action, and the University of Toronto. He has an honours B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Waterloo and an M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto.
Colleen Sheppard is a Professor at McGill University, Faculty of Law, and former Director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. She has an honours B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. from Harvard University. Following her legal studies, she clerked for Chief Justice Dickson at the Supreme Court of Canada. Her teaching and research focus on human rights law, equality, discrimination law, comparative constitutional law and feminist legal theory. Selective publications include, Inclusive Equality: The Relational Dimensions of Systemic Discrimination in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010) “Bread and Roses: Economic Justice and Constitutional Rights” (2015) 5 (1) Onati Socio-legal Series 225; http://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/439/561 and “Institutional Inequality and the Dynamics of Courage” (2013) 31(2) Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 103 https://wyaj.uwindsor.ca/index.php/wyaj/article/view/4416. Colleen Sheppard served as a Commissioner on the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission from 1991-1996. She was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada's Academy of Social Sciences in September 2016.
Directions, the Canadian Race Relation’s journal, provides community-based, action-oriented research, commentary, and perspectives on eliminating racism and discrimination. This journal serves as an important piece of the CRRF’s mission to strengthen Canadian values and build a united Canadian community. Articles are aligned with the articulated themes of race, racism, and discrimination - in all forms - in Canada an approximately one article will be published per month.
Interested in Submitting an Article to Directions?
See our Call for Papers here.