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Submission on paid leave for domestic and/or sexual violence

West Coast LEAF collaborated with Rise Women’s Legal Centre to provide input to the BC government regarding paid leave for employees who are survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence. It is our position, as gender equality organizations, that survivors Read More

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Pathways in a Forest: Indigenous guidance on prevention-based child welfare

Research Reports

Pathways in a Forest: Indigenous guidance on prevention-based child welfare is a law reform report developed collaboratively by West Coast LEAF and the families, Elders, and staff at Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Lii Michif Otipemisiwak, and the Fraser Read More

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RELEASE – New report: Indigenous families share their vision for transforming the failings of BC’s child protection system

In The Media

For immediate release – September 24, 2019 VANCOUVER – Today, West Coast LEAF released a report setting out the experiences of Indigenous families who have had engagement with the provincial child welfare system. Pathways in a Forest: Indigenous guidance Read More

Meet our new Executive Director: Raji Mangat!

West Coast LEAF News

Dear friends of West Coast LEAF, A few weeks ago, the team at West Coast LEAF bid a fond farewell to outgoing Executive Director Kasari Govender. Kasari is going on to be BC’s first human rights commissioner in 17 Read More

They Didn’t Stop Us: Legal aid constitutional challenge going full steam ahead

West Coast LEAF News

Today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that our case seeking to increase access to justice for women and others fleeing abuse or violent relationships can go ahead. We brought the case in 2017, arguing that the Provincial Read More

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RELEASE: They Didn’t Stop Us: Legal aid constitutional challenge going full steam ahead

In The Media

For immediate release – August 23, 2019 VANCOUVER – Today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that West Coast LEAF’s case seeking to increase access to justice for women and others fleeing abuse or violent relationships can go Read More

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Letter to the City of Vancouver about sexualized violence in the hospitality industry

Letters and Submissions

West Coast LEAF wrote to the Mayor and Council of the City of Vancouver in support of a motion to investigate pervasive sexual harassment and sexual assault in the hospitality industry and identify steps the City can take to Read More

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Letter urging BC to invest in a rights-based framework for survivors of sexual assault

Letters and Submissions

Commencing in 2016, West Coast LEAF partnered with the YWCA-Metro Vancouver on a project aimed at identifying strategies to reduce barriers in the justice system for sexual assault survivors through dialogue among key stakeholders, including frontline anti-violence activists and service providers, Read More