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Webinar – Unpacking the Traps: Understanding Indigenous Sovereignty in the Mi’kmaq Lobster “Dispute”

Webinar Date: May 5, 2021 Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration closes: May 3, 11:59 p.m. Summary In the fall of 2020, media attention in Canada turned to rising tensions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous lobster fishers in Nova Scotia. Characterized as a “dispute”, reporting positioned the treaty rights of the Sipekne’katik First Nation as conflicting with […]

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What have you learned about how the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms contributes to protecting French language rights?

Collective rights are rights that are granted to groups in society for historical but also constitutional reasons. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has helped various groups and institutions protect their rights.  One of its main benefits has been the preservation of French language rights. These rights, given by the Canadian Charter of Rights […]

The first “Défi de la Charte” is a tremendous success!

391 students have registered for the first Francophone Charter Challenge! Despite the pandemic, 28 teachers have registered their classes. We salute their courage and their passion because in the current circumstances, convincing their students to participate in such a challenging program was not an easy task!  Participants represent 28 schools (Sault Ste Marie (x2), Richmond […]

Virtual Court Visits Happen in Hamilton

OJEN’s flagship justice education initiative, the Courtroom Visit program, brings the law to life for high school classes throughout the province.  Each year thousands of students visit courthouses in their communities to see the justice system in action.  In many cases, they have the opportunity to speak to a judge, lawyer, or court staff to […]

Braiding Diversity into Justice Online

On Thursday, March 4, the Waterloo OJEN Committee welcomed young women from diverse backgrounds to participate in an online version of their highly successful Braiding Diversity into Justice initiative.  The program, which has run annually since 2018, encourages racialized and marginalized young women to consider careers in the justice sector. Students between the ages of […]

2nd Province-Wide Twitter Moot

OJEN’s 2nd province-wide Twitter Moot took place on Wednesday, March 10th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with students debating the question: “Does a law requiring mandatory vaccinations violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?” Taking into consideration the differing ways classes are structured during Covid-19, students had a variety of options for participation.  […]

OJEN Launches Accès à la justice: le jeu de rôle!

OJEN’s popular Access to Justice Game is now available in digital format in French as well as English. Accès à la justice: le jeu de rôle! offers French language students a fun, interactive learning experience highlighting some of the difficulties encountered by people dealing with everyday legal problems.  OJEN developed the game as a way […]

OJEN Welcomes New Directors to its Board

OJEN welcomed 6 new directors at the first board of director’s meeting of 2021.  OJEN’s board consists of representatives from all three levels of court in Ontario, as well as leading justice and education sector institutions.  With an additional 5 at-large director positions, the OJEN board of directors brings a wide range of expertise to […]

Two Formats for OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT)

The OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) program is one of our most popular annual activities. Each spring since 2014 until the arrival of Covid-19 last year, hundreds of students throughout the province compete in regional tournaments held at local courthouses. The experiential nature of the mock trial and the exposure to justice sector professionals make […]

2021 Poster Challenge is Now Open!

The Poster Challenge invites grade 5 students to create posters that express what they value about Canadian democracy and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It meets Grade 5 Ontario curriculum expectations in Social Studies in a fun and effective way. A selection of posters will be included in OJEN’s Art in the Courts […]

Webinar – Not a Puppet on a String: Prosecuting a Former Child Soldier for War Crimes

Webinar Date: March 17, 2021 Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. As a young child, Dominic Ongwen was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel militia operating in Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His parents were killed and he was forced to serve as […]

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