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Webinar: Panel on impact of changes to Medical Assistance in Dying on Black & Indigenous Communities


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

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