WHAT: The United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled that Indian Act sex discrimination violates Canada’s international treaty obligations, and Canada must end the discrimination. The UN ruling comes as a result of years of advocacy led by Sharon McIvor, in Canadian courts and at the international level, to secure the right to equal status under the Indian Act for First Nations women and their descendants.

DATE: Thursday January 17, 2019

TIME: 9:00 AM PDT/ 12PM EST

LOCATION: Union of BC Indian Chiefs- 312 Main Street, Vancouver (entrance on Cordova)

Live webcast: https://www.facebook.com/UBCIC/

SPEAKERS:

Sharon McIvor, Petitioner in McIvor v. Canada
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President UBCIC
Dr. Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University
Gwen Brodsky, Counsel to Sharon McIvor
Shelagh Day, Chair, Human Rights Committee, Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Neskonlith Indian Band, Secretary-Treasurer UBCIC

CONTACT: Ellena Neel, UBCIC Communications Coordinator – (604) 762-1812 or eneel@ubcic.bc.ca

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