Our Annual Report

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Dear Friend,

Protecting human dignity. Striving for a society where all people benefit from equal enjoyment and access to choice and freedom. Focusing on those most susceptible to violations of their rights. This is who we are at the BCCLA.

The past year laid bare devastating truths and systemic inequities within our society. Through it all, BCCLA continued to advance human rights and civil liberties for all. From coalition work and joint advocacy, to launching constitutional challenges, to intervening in important cases, to analyzing and recommending improvements to legislation, to amplifying the voices of people across the country, in 2021 we continued to work for social change that makes a difference in the lives of all people.

Our 2021 Annual Report is here, with stories of the work for liberty and justice you helped make possible.

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This past year we continued our call to ban street checks and brought together hundreds of students at our annual Youth Conference. We made thirty-one submissions to decision-makers at all levels of government, including a 69-page submission calling for bold reforms to the Police Act. Tens of thousands of people interacted with our work, and we participated in twenty-seven active litigation cases and interventions. We won a landmark case against the RCMP Commissioner that now sets time limits for responding to complaints.

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The BCCLA was the only civil liberties organization at the Cullen Commission, providing critical insight into the seizure of unexplained wealth without due process.

We launched our constitutional test case against lockdowns, which is simply another word for solitary confinement, because people in prison continue to be held in prolonged isolation. We are going back to court because no one deserves to be held in inhumane conditions.

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This year, the BCCLA turns 60. We are the oldest civil liberties association in Canada, and our work has come at a critical time in our country. As one of Canada’s most steadfast defenders of civil liberties and human rights for all, we believe that the values of justice, equity and inclusion must be reflected in our work externally but also in who we are internally at the BCCLA. We remain a work in progress and continue to learn and grow through our efforts. Join us as we advance equality, justice, liberty, and freedom for all people through the next sixty years.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Goodwin (she/her)
Interim Executive Director

P.S. This work takes creative tactics, energy, and resources. We’re supported by thousands of people across the country who believe in justice and change. Join us by making a commitment to better our world – become a member today.

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