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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.

Indigenous Human Rights Pro Bono Students Canada

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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.

    Garry McKay: Racially profiled and arrested for having a nice bike

    Garry McKay: Racially profiled and arrested for having a nice bike

    To round out our first year as podcasters, we talk to Cree and Métis lawyers Mandy Wesley and Amanda Driscoll about their experiences representing Garry McKay, an Oji-Cree man who was arrested by a Toronto Police officer who said he thought that Mr. McKay had a stolen bicycle. Mr. McKay knew he had been racially profiled, so he filed a complaint with the help of his legal team at Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS). In 2011, he won his case. A decade later, we talk to Mandy and Amanda about what happened to Mr. McKay and what still needs to change, and they tell us that us young folx give them hope!

    Discussed: racial profiling, white supremacy, human rights, policing, nice bikes.

    Music: Ross Bugden, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

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

    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.  "If you see racism happening, don't let it happen."
    Discussed: women and girls, systemic discrimination, human rights, racism, residential schools, foster care system, genocide, cultural pride.
    Music: Ross Bugden, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

    • 28 min
    Crystal Smith: A mother's fight to protect the right to smudge

    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.

    Discussed: children and youth, smudging, human rights, discrimination, cultural rights, colonial legal system, Indigenous laws.

    Music: Ross Bugden, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.   

    • 35 min
    Deborah Campbell: Acts of resistance in the colonial human rights system

    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.

    Discussed: acts of resistance, trauma-informed practice, cultural humility, Indigenous lawyers representing Indigenous people.

    Music: Ross Bugden, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

    • 44 min

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