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INDIGENOUS HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC

We give free legal advice and information about human rights and discrimination at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre in Ottawa. You can call or come to the clinic for free legal services if you:

 

(1) Self-identify as Indigenous;

(2) Live in Ottawa or the surrounding area (100km radius from Ottawa city centre); and

(3) Want advice about human rights and discrimination OR just want to learn more about human rights and discrimination.

 

Some of the issues we can give you advice or information about include:

  • I used my Status Card to buy something and the clerk gave me a hard time. What are my rights?

  • I need to take an afternoon off work to participate in ceremony. How do I ask my boss for this?

  • I smudged in my apartment and the landlord told me to stop. Can the landlord do this?

  • I feel I was discriminated against by a nurse or doctor. What can I do?

  • I was kicked out of a mall and I think it's because I'm Indigenous. What are my legal options?

  • What does discrimination mean under the law?

  • What can I do if I was discriminated against?

  • How do I file a human rights complaint, and where do I file a human rights complaint?

  • What can I get if I win my human rights complaint?

  • What is a Human Rights Tribunal?

  • What are some examples of human rights complaints brought by Indigenous people at human rights tribunals?

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CONTACT US

Intakes are done by appointment every Monday.

CALL

613-701-1163

EMAIL

odawa.intake@indigenoushumanrights.ca

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SERVICES OFFERED

SUMMARY LEGAL ADVICE

We can listen to what happened to you and help you figure out if what happened is discrimination, and identify your next step.

LEGAL INFORMATION

We can help build your knowledge about human rights, discrimination, and Human Rights Tribunals

REFERRALS

We can connect you with other free human rights legal clinics. We can also connect you to Friendship Centre programs.

LEARN ABOUT
INDIGENOUS
HUMAN RIGHTS

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PODCAST 

The Indigenous Human Rights podcast is produced by Pro Bono Students Canada's Indigenous Human Rights Program. We're a group of law students shining a light on the experiences of Indigenous people at human rights tribunals across Canada. Listen and learn what it's really like to fight for your rights in the colonial legal system. Our podcast is sponsored by Thomson Reuters, PBSC's National Research Partner.

EPISODE 1 Deborah Campbell: Acts of resistance in the colonial human rights system

In our first-ever episode, we talk to Cree and Métis-Cree lawyers Amber Prince and Myrna McCallum about their experiences representing Deborah Campbell, an Indigenous mother who took the Vancouver Police to the BC Human Rights Tribunal. In 2019, she won her case, and we've all got a lot to learn from it.

EPISODE 2 Crystal Smith: A mother's fight to protect the right to smudge

In our second episode, we talk to Crystal Smith, a member of the Tsimshian and Haisla Nations and a mother, artist, activist, and teacher. She tells us about the time her landlord tried to evict her for smudging in her apartment with her children, and the long road she travelled to fight for her family's cultural rights. Crystal won her case at the BC Human Rights Tribunal in 2020, paving the way for a better future for her kids and many others.