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The Colour of Justice: Recognizing Indigenous, Black, and Racialized Voices Within the Context of Mental Health and Justice Services – Professional Perspectives

February 23 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

Shaunna Kelly: is Anishinaabe/Canadian-Irish and recently returned to private practice as a Criminal Defence Lawyer and a consultant to organizations and businesses that wish to improve service delivery to Indigenous clients. She recently completed a nine-month contract with the Indigenous Justice Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General where she was able to provide opinions and advice to the government concerning policy and the delivery of services and programs for Indigenous communities. Before working with MAG, she practiced as a criminal defence lawyer for 13 years, was an elected member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association Board of Directors, and was the Gladue Court Representative to the CLA. Her criminal defence practice focuses primarily on representing Indigenous people in Toronto. She has volunteered vast amounts of her time by providing educational training on Indigenous-focused topics to legal participants in various roles and positions.

Learning Objectives:
• Underrepresentation/Retention of Indigenous Professionals
• The importance of having peer support within the community outside of work
• Trauma-Informed Approaches to individualized practice and creating safe spaces within smaller working groups

Dr. Wesley Crichlow: is an African/Black Canadian Critical Race Theorist Intersectional Decolonial Queer Scholar. Whose work critically connects Theories of Enslavism Anti-Blackness, Anti-Black Racism, Intersectionality and Decoloniality as the signature praxis and framing for his research, teaching and service. His work aims to alleviate anti-Black racisms, heterocisnormativity, transmisogyny, structural, and systemic inequalities. His many years of scholar activism and community engagement have engendered trust, credibility, and respect that strengthen as well as broader notions of racial and gender justice. Dr. Crichlow teaches at Ontario Tech University (2003-present) within the youth and criminal justice discipline with over 25 years of Critical Race Theory approaches to intersectionality university community mobilization and development. Currently he is researching Carceral Intersections of Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and Trans Experience in Confronting Anti-Black Racism and Structural Violence in the Prisoner Re-entry Industrial Complex. He has published one book, co-authored two books, coedited three journals, written numerous peer-reviewed journal and book chapters, government reports and conducted radio, podcast, tv and newspaper interviews and has been invited to over two hundred scholarly and community public lectures. Dr. Crichlow’s teaching responsibilities include: Critical Equity Diversity and Inclusion| Queer Criminology | Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality |Deconstructing Anti-Black Racism | Race, Crime Masculinities & Prison Subculture | Race, Ethnicity & Crime Within Canadian Criminal Injustice | Teaching Black-lives-Matter as Racial Justice Activism

Learning Objective:
• To provide an introduction to critical race theory intersectionality and criminal injustice