Public Legal Education and Community Outreach



Public Legal Education and Community Outreach

In fulfilling its community development mandate, the ACLC provides public legal education to numerous groups and agencies within the African Canadian community as well as the community at large.  The ACLC has organized and participated in public and educational forums on issues relating to race and racism, including the following:
  • University of Toronto (Racism in Legal Practice)
  • University of Toronto (Race and Culture Bridge: Introduction to Race and the Law)
  • Parkdale Community Legal Services (Conference on Immigration and Refugee Law)
  • Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (Criminalization of African Canadian Youth in the Education System)
  • York University, Osgoode Hall Law School (African Canadians and the Law)
  • York University  (Coalition for Inclusive Curriculum – Safe Schools Policy and Equity)
  • George Brown Community College (Community Legal Issues)
  • Martinsday Workshop (History of Racism in Canada’s Immigration Policy)
  • Anti-Racism Action Centre (Racism and the Police)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada (Critical Perspectives on the Law:  History of Racism and Law in Canada)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada (Race, Courts and Tribunals)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada (Lawyering at the MarginsCustody and Mixed Race Children: A Public Discussion
  • University of Sonoma, California (Charting the Course for Racial Equality in Education)
  • Black Coalition of Quebec (Racial Profiling)
  • Black Law Students Association, University of Toronto (Racial Profiling)
  • Inter-American Development Bank and UN Development Program (Social Inclusion)

The ACLC maintains a resource centre open to lawyers, individual community members and other organizations to provide public education and disseminate information and materials relating to racial discrimination in Canada.  The resource centre has a specialized and extensive collection of legal and other materials relating to race and the law, critical race theory as well as equality jurisprudence.

Over the years, the ACLC has advocated for and written community impact statements on behalf of numerous African Canadian victims of hate.  The ACLC is also serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Colour of Poverty Campaign and has been involved with two important initiatives of the Colour of Poverty Campaign: the Colour of Poverty Disaggregated Data Project and the Municipal Race Equity Report Card.