Refugee Rights Day in Canada is celebrated each year on April 4th to recognize and to acknowledge the Supreme Court of Canada's famous 1985 decision in Singh. This was one of the first decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) based on the then new constitutionally entrenched 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In essence, the judgement stated that Section 7 of the Charter, "life, liberty and security of the person," applied to everyone who was in Canada, whether they had status, that is, citizens, permanent residents, valid visitors, etc., or they did not have status, refugee applicants, undocumented persons, etc.
Come and join us in the celebrations and find out why the 1985 Singh decision is such a significant judgement of the SCC that it warrants such special recognition.
DATE: April 4, 2016
12:00pm - 2:00pm, 140 Senior Common Room
MODERATOR: DAVID LEYTON-BROWN, Master of McLaughlin College and Professor of Political Science, York University.
DEBBIE DOUGLAS, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrant (OCASI)
MICHAEL CREAL, Professor Emeritus, York University, and Chair of the Southwestern Ontario Sanctuary Movement
RANA KHAN, Legal Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
REEM ALHAJ, York University Keele Campus WUSC Committee Co-Chair & WUSC-sponsored Refugee Student
Performance: "Straight outta Global Health" - Student "Spoken Word" Artists on Canada's response to the global refugee crisis