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CONTACT THE CLINIC

Intakes are done by appointment every Monday. Call or email anytime to book.

CALL

613-701-1163

EMAIL

intake.odawa@indigenoushumanrights.ca

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INDIGENOUS HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC
ODAWA NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE

We give free legal advice and information about human rights and discrimination at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre in Ottawa. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic is currently operating virtually. The Clinic is staffed by University of Ottawa law students and volunteer lawyers. 

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 support from the Friendship Centre, and with other free legal clinics. 

COMMON QUESTIONS

  • A store clerk refused my Status Card. What are my rights?

  • How do I ask my boss for an afternoon off to participate in ceremony?

  • My landlord told me I can't smudge inside. Can they do this?

  • I was discriminated against by a health care provider. What can I do?

  • A mall security guard followed me in a store. Is this allowed?

  • 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 successful human rights complaints brought by Indigenous people?

WHO WE SERVE

The clinic serves self-identifying Indigenous people who live in and around Ottawa. You can come to the clinic for free legal services if you:

 

(1) Self-identify as Indigenous;

(2) Live in Ottawa or the surrounding area; and

(3) Want advice about human rights and discrimination, OR

 

(4) Just want to learn more about human rights and discrimination.

LEARN ABOUT
INDIGENOUS
HUMAN RIGHTS

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Photo by Fallon Benson for PBSC National

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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 Gladys Radek: She was followed by a mall security guard. Then she proved systemic discrimination

In our third episode, we speak with Gladys Radek, a long-time advocate for Indigenous women and girls. In 2001, Gladys was grabbing a coffee at a mall when a security guard demanded to know where she was going. Gladys filed a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the Tribunal agreed that Gladys' treatment was part of a larger pattern of systemic discrimination at the mall. In our far-reaching conversation, we talk to Gladys about standing up for human rights.

LEARN ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS
IN CANADA AND ONTARIO

All photography on this page courtesy of Fallon Benson.