Feet on the ground: Your rights when you protest
People living in Canada have often opted to voice their opinions and advocate for change on environmental issues through direct action and protest work. Our ability to express ourselves in these ways is rooted in the freedoms of expression and assembly which are guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, government has acted to limit the exercise of these rights in different ways, and participating in protest actions can expose a participant to liabilities. This webinar explores the legal framework around protesters rights and how the legal system and protest interact.
Cara Zwibel is a lawyer and director of the fundamental freedoms program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA). Her work with CCLA involves providing legal opinions and research, coordinating litigation and interventions, representing CCLA before the courts, preparing submissions to legislative bodies and assisting with public education work.
Emilie Teresa Smith was born on the land of the Henia peoples in Argentina, grew up in Canada, spent much of her life in Guatemala, and currently resides on the territory of the Coast Salish peoples. She is an Anglican priest, writer, community activist, and co-president of the International Oscar Romero Solidarity Organization.