RDS Conference

The Lynn Jones African Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection, Saint Mary’s University Archives, Patrick Power Library, accession number 2016.001.1.

Locating RDS in the 21st Century; Critically revisiting the SCC decision in R. v. S. (R.D.)

On the 25th year of the landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. S. (R.D.), Windsor Law’s Transnational Law and Racial Justice Network invited leading scholars in Canada to engage, challenge and theorize in community about race in Canada. Our conference was aimed at gathering racialized and Indigenous faculty, along with select allied faculty, from law schools across Canada whose work centres community engagement and adopts race and Indigeneity within a settler colonial context as its core framework of analysis. Speakers included Dr. Barrington Walker, in the Department of History from Wilfrid Laurier University and Dr. Adelle Blackett, in the Faculty of Law, at McGill University. In addition to a written contribution by Justice Connie Sparks. Questions and goals that led the symposium include:

  • The stock of how RDS is understood and applied by Canadian Courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Celebrating the ways in which communities, advocates and academics have sought to harness RDS to advance liberation 
  • Identifying missed and latent opportunities
  • Creating a generative space centring the voices of communities and community members who are affected by racialized violence and marginalization in the Canadian academy

Conference Schedule