INDIGENOUS HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC
THUNDER BAY INDIGENOUS FRIENDSHIP CENTRE
We give free legal advice and information about human rights and discrimination at the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre. The clinic operates virtually and in-person. The Clinic is staffed by Bora Laskin Faculty of Law (Lakehead University) law students and volunteer lawyers.
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.
We can help build your knowledge about human rights, discrimination, and Human Rights Tribunals.
We can connect you with support from the Friendship Centre, and with other free legal clinics.
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 reside in Thunder Bay. You can come to the clinic for free legal services if you:
(1) Self-identify as Indigenous;
(2) Live in Thunder Bay; and
(3) Want advice about human rights and discrimination, OR
(4) Just want to learn more about human rights and discrimination.
INDIGENOUS HUMAN RIGHTS
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.
In our third episode of Season 2, we talk to lawyer Alanna Tom about her experience representing Mr. C, an Indigenous man, at the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. Mr. C filed his human rights complaint late but Ms. Tom was able to convince the tribunal to accept it. We talk to Ms. Tom about how she convinced the tribunal to accept the late filled complaint, limitations period at human rights tribunals across the country, the importance of meaningful access to justice, and why lawyers should cite research reports in their submissions!
SEASON 2, EPISODE 3
Mr. C: Limitation periods on human rights tribunals
Photo by Fallon Benson for PBSC National