Starts in 8 Days, 14 Hours
March 15, 2021 12:00 pm UTC-5
This year, LEVEL’s theme is systemic racism in the Canadian justice system. In light of this, we’ve invited Zilla Jones to discuss some of the systemic racism she has seen as both an individual working in a system that disproportionately incarcerates and effects BIPOC communities as well as a Black lawyer in Manitoba who has personally faced discrimination when in Court and working within the justice system.
Zilla Jones considers herself to be a human rights lawyer because the rights of individuals and communities are front and centre in all the advocacy that she does, whether in criminal, child protection, family, immigration or administrative law. She represents clients at Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench, Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Manitoba Public Insurance Tribunals, the Social Services Appeal Board, the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Mental Health Review Board, and others.
If you’re unable to attend or interested in learning more, you can find an interview with Zilla Jones at https://www.cbc.ca/radio/nowornever/rallies-rest-and-resilience-1.5605261/this-black-lawyer-and-mother-is-fighting-systemic-racism-from-the-inside-1.5610374 or follow her on Twitter @zilla_jones.
Both LEVEL and the Criminal Law Group would like to recognize that Ms. Jones is speaking from her own lived experience. The majority of the Executive are privileged in not facing discrimination on the basis of our race or nationality. This lecture is not an exhaustive one on systemic racism but is rather one perspective from a practicing private lawyer who identifies as a Black woman and works within the areas of criminal, child protection, family, immigration or administrative law. We encourage you to continue to educate yourself through engaging and following with the Manitoba Indigenous Law Students Association (MILSA), the Black Law Students Association of Manitoba (BLSA), and Diversity in Law (DLG) which was previously the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL). MILSA in particular has an educational blog at https://robsonhallmilsa.weebly.com/ and regularly advocates on Instagram at @milsa.robsonhall on Indigenous issues.