Public Lecture ~ Law Day for Canada at 150

University of Regina

Sponsored by JSGS and the Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch


Rick Bourassa, Chief of Police, Moose Jaw Police Service

Zarqa Nawaz, Creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

N. Nicole Nussbaum, Lawyer & Project Lead, Transforming Justice: Trans Legal Needs Assessment Ontario

Bev Poitras, Director, Resorative Justice Unit, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council

A virtue of law, and legal process, is its blindness to a nation’s many diversities – diversity of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation and identity, as well as the social diversities of geography, wealth, education and social status. Yet law, and the processes by which it is applied, are experienced differently depending on how diverse peoples are situated – so differently that our legal system, while seeking justice, can contribute to injustice. To celebrate Canada’s achievement as a nation under law we can do no better than to reflect on the need for adaptations to structures and processes to ensure that the ever more evident identity divisions in society are adequately reflected and accommodated in the ways that the Canadian laws are applied and its legal processes conducted.

Moderated by The Honourable Justice Georgina Jackson of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan, this panel will be comprised of individuals who are on the front line of the experiences that diverse groups face in our legal system. It will consider how public confidence can be maintained in the ability of Canada’s justice system to treat all individuals fairly given both the need for neutrality and the need to take into account our diverse identities.

This lecture has been approved for CPD Hours by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

Event Details

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Schumiatcher Theatre, MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert Street
Event Communiqué


Karen Jaster-Laforge