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Utilizing Ontario's Human Rights Code to Support Clients facing Discrimination
The intersection of race and disability often leads to significant discrimination and the violation of basic human rights for racialized communities in access to services, in employment, and in other areas of life. However, we are aware that racialized communities do not understand Ontario’s human right mechanisms, what their rights are, and how to assert those rights. This session will support social workers to develop an understanding of the ways in which systemic racism and discrimination impact all of the life outcomes for racialized communities and the ways in which clients can access legal supports to address the discrimination that they face. Social workers will be equipped with a basic understanding of how human rights law works in Ontario and how they can support clients through the various resources available to combat discrimination.

This Webinar is FREE for Ontario Registered Social Workers (RSW), Registered Social Service Workers (RSSW) and Students of Social Work and Social Service Work Programs. Please note: If you are not an RSW, RSSW or student of these programs in Ontario, you may still attend but will be charged a nominal fee of $20.

This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

When ASL interpretation is required, please indicate the preference in the registration form. The incorporation of ASL interpreters will depend on availability.

OASW is committed to inclusion and promoting a diverse range of identities, experiences, perspectives, and voices across all areas of the Association. As such, the registration contains some optional questions that are intended to assist us to better understand our social work community and ensure that our work is reflective of the diverse membership of OASW and our profession.

Jun 7, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Shalini Konanur
Executive Director/Lawyer @South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)
Shalini has worked for 20+ years in Ontario’s legal aid clinic system (in both rural and urban settings), working primarily with low-income racialized communities. Shalini’s work focusses on the intersections of socio-economic status, race, immigration status, gender identity, faith, and gender-based violence. Shalini has extensive experience supporting low-income clients in income maintenance, housing, immigration, employment, disability, human rights law, and family violence. Shalini provides both direct legal services to low-income clients, and has also conducted hundreds of public legal education sessions, participated in a number of community development projects, and has done significant work on law reform in the areas that impact her clients. This includes test cases up to the Supreme Court of Canada, appearances at the United Nations, and expert advisory services to many stakeholders like children’s aid societies, police services, and all levels of government.