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Image description: White poster with black text and a thin red boarder. Poster says: Death By Coercion: a panel on the impacts of changes to medical assistance in dying on Black Queer Sick and Poor communities. February 1st from 6 PM - 8 PM. On the right side of the poster there is a large white fist with a red outline. Featuring @ALYSM745 (anonymous MAiD applicant), River Holland- Valade, Syrus Marcus Ware, and Trudo Lemmens. Logos include: Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO), Disabled Womens' Network of Canada, (DJNO), Inclusion Canada, Independent Living Canada, and The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS).


Autonomy is an important part of our every day lives. Unfortunately, many people do not have equal autonomy when it comes to facing barriers around systemic ableism, anti black racism, legislated poverty through frozen social assistance rates, and coercion in our medical systems. Many disabled people in Canada cannot afford to eat, cannot afford prescription medications, and cannot afford an accessible place to live.

What does it mean for our governments to offer disabled people easier access to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) without offering disabled people adequate supports to live in Canada?


In this event we heard from experts and disabled community members on the proposed changes in legal expansion of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), Bill C-7.


Panelists Included:

-Syrus Marcus Ware, member of Black Lives Matter Toronto and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada

-River Holland- Valade, 2 Spirit, Indigenous youth activist and mental health worker at the Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton Ontario (River could no longer attend due to a family emergency)

-Trudo Lemmens, Law & Bioethics Prof at the University of Toronto

- @ALYSM745, an anonymous disabled person on the waiting list for receiving MAiD

-Ameil Joseph, a Professor at McMaster University in the School of Social Work

-Rowa Mohamed, Moderator and Mutual Aid Lead at DJNO


This event was supported by: The Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO), Inclusion Canada, Disabled Women's Network of Canada (DAWN Canada), Independent Living Canada, and the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS).


For more information, email: info@djno.ca


Image description: Poster is blue and dark blue, with variations between yellow and blue text. Poster says: We want Disabled BIPOC in our Youth Action Council. DJNO Youth Council Applications are now open. We seek Disabled BIPOC youth who are interested educational experience and training on disability justice. This term is from 2021-2022. Application deadline is February 20th 2021.


We are looking for Black, Indigenous, and racialized youth to apply to be on our Youth Action Council in 2021!


The Youth Action Council is made up of seven youth with disabilities from across Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Each youth advisory council member has committed to a term of one year. The Youth Action Council is responsible for guiding the direction of campaign, research and education work done through the DJNO committees. Applications for the Youth Advisory Council closed on February 20th 2021 and will open again in October 2020.


Click here to view an accessible version of the application! To apply, download it, fill it out, and email it back to info@djno.ca with the title: Youth Action Council 2021 in the subject line.



Image description: White poster with black text and a thin red boarder. Poster says: Death By Coercion: a panel on the impacts of changes to medical assistance in dying on Black Queer Sick and Poor communities. February 1st from 6 PM - 8 PM. On the right side of the poster there is a large white fist with a red outline. Featuring @ALYSM745 (anonymous MAiD applicant), River Holland- Valade, Syrus Marcus Ware, and Trudo Lemmens. Logos include: Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO), Disabled Womens' Network of Canada, (DJNO), Inclusion Canada, Independent Living Canada, and The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS).


Autonomy is an important part of our every day lives. Unfortunately, many people do not have equal autonomy when it comes to facing barriers around systemic ableism, anti black racism, legislated poverty through frozen social assistance rates, and coercion in our medical systems. Many disabled people in Canada cannot afford to eat, cannot afford prescription medications, and cannot afford an accessible place to live.

What does it mean for our governments to offer disabled people easier access to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) without offering disabled people adequate supports to live in Canada?


In this event we will hear from experts and disabled community members on the proposed changes in legal expansion of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), Bill C-7. We will also explore the potential impacts of this expansion on Black, Indigenous Queer, Sick, Poor and incarcerated communities, and explore concerns around medical coercion.

This event is on February 1st from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. The event will also be broadcasted on the social media accounts @djnontario on Twitter and Instagram


Panelists Include:

-Syrus Marcus Ware, member of Black Lives Matter Toronto and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada

-River Holland- Valade, 2 Spirit, Indigenous youth activist and mental health worker at the Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton Ontario

-Trudo Lemmens, Law & Bioethics Prof at the University of Toronto

- @ALYSM745, an anonymous disabled person on the waiting list for receiving MAiD


This event is supported by: The Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO), Inclusion Canada, Disabled Women's Network of Canada (DAWN Canada), Independent Living Canada, and the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS).


Access: CART Captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. For other access requirements, or to ask for more information, email: info@djno.ca


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