Photo of a group of Indigenous women and children in traditional clothing walking in a march. A woman in a blue shirt with a walking stick, holds a sign that reads "my Moms, sisters, Aunties and Grandmas are Sacred" A little boy is holding on to the sign.

Missing Women Inquiry Report Released

West Coast LEAF News

Today, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report. West Coast LEAF’s Executive Director, Kasari Govender, and Director of Litigation, Raji Mangat, were in Ottawa for the ceremonies marking the end of Read More

Lime green icon of a megaphone within a lime green border with black text below it: NEWS ALERT

It’s déjà vu all over again: (Still) defending access to Charter justice at the Court of Appeal

West Coast LEAF News

Today, we are at the BC Court of Appeal intervening in Council of Canadians with Disabilities v. British Columbia, an appeal about the ability of public interest organizations – such as West Coast LEAF – to challenge the constitutionality Read More

Two talk bubbles, one lime green and the other-blue green, appear above the words "IN THE MEDIA." The green talk bubble contains three exclamation marks.

RELEASE: BC Court of Appeal to hear case about who can challenge laws under the Charter

In The Media

For immediate release – May 30, 2019 VANCOUVER – Tomorrow, the BC Court of Appeal is hearing an appeal about the ability of public interest organizations to challenge laws that may violate the constitutional rights of marginalized groups, when Read More

Kasari speaking from a podium. A West Coast LEAF banner and ASL interpreter are both in the background.

Exciting and bittersweet news – a letter from our ED to our amazing supporters

West Coast LEAF News

Dear friends of West Coast LEAF, I write you today with mixed feelings – but mostly with excitement. After a decade of leadership roles at West Coast LEAF, I am stepping down as Executive Director. This afternoon, the Province Read More

An icon showing a lime green envelope with a piece of paper coming out of it and a light blue pen or pencil. The text says "LETTERS & SUBMISSIONS"

Open letter on ending sex discrimination in the Indian Act

Letters and Submissions

On May 13, 2019, 25 organizations and individuals sent an open letter to Canadian government urging swift action to end sex discrimination in the Indian Act, as called for in a statement issued by the National Inquiry on Missing Read More

Separation Agreements booklet cover. Click to access a PDF of the booklet.

Separation Agreements: Your Rights and Options (2019 Edition)

Educational Resources

West Coast LEAF was pleased to partner with Legal Services Society to publish a revised English language edition of our Separation Agreements booklet, originally published in 2013. This booklet explains the law about the fair division of family property or debt Read More

An icon showing a lime green envelope with a piece of paper coming out of it and a light blue pen or pencil. The text says "LETTERS & SUBMISSIONS"

Open letter on refugee rights

Letters and Submissions

West Coast LEAF is one of over 45 women’s and feminist organizations that signed on to an open letter urging Canada withdraw proposed restrictions on refugee rights that would harm women  and children seeking refugee protection from domestic violence. Read More

An icon showing a lime green envelope with a piece of paper coming out of it and a light blue pen or pencil. The text says "LETTERS & SUBMISSIONS"

Joint letter on the urgent need for a comprehensive response to the National Inquiry report

Letters and Submissions

West Coast LEAF was one of more than 30 organizations to sign on to an open letter to Minister Carolyn Bennett calling for a commitment to transformative change following the report of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Read More