NAWL leads a group of over 75 organisations calling on Canada to reaffirm the historic mandate of the Court Challenges Program

The National Association of Women and the Law led a group of over 75 national, provincial and local organisations calling on the Canadian government to reaffirm the historic mandate of the Court Challenges Program to protect and advance substantive equality and access to justice for historically disadvantaged groups and official-language minority communities in Canada. In a March 13, 2017 letter to the Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, NAWL, along with the Indigenous Bar Association, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Amnesty International, and la Fédération des femmes du Québec, among numerous other organizations, asked the Minister and the Canadian government to ensure that:

  • the members of the Selection Committee for the CCP’s Official Language Rights and Human Rights Panels;
  • the persons appointed to the CCP’s Official Language Rights and Human Rights Panels, and;
  • the independent organization selected to manage and implement the CCP all possess not only proven expertise but a demonstrated record of commitment to the goal of protecting and advancing substantive equality and access to justice for disadvantaged groups and official-language minority communities in Canada. 

The letter also expressed the organizations’ collective support for the Indigenous Bar Association’s call for section 35 (Aboriginal and Treaty) rights to be included in the reinstated CCP, consistent with Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to “fully implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”, including the TRC’s Calls to Action for Justice and Equity for Aboriginal People in the Legal System.

You can read the letter here.

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