MEDIA ADVISORY: Aboriginal Rights and Refusing Life-Saving Treatment for Children

Posted on Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre and the Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics of the University of Ottawa invite members of the media to assist a conference titled Aboriginal Rights & Refusing Life-Saving Treatment for Children.

On November 14, an Ontario judge dismissed a hospital's application, seeking to have a 11-year-old aboriginal girl taken from her parents to resume chemotherapy for leukemia—finding that First Nations people have a constitutional right to pursue traditional medicine.  Some have hailed the decision as a landmark affirmation of aboriginal rights.  Others have denounced it as a spectacular failure in the protection of child welfare.  This panel discussion will explore the decision's implications from the standpoint of family law, aboriginal law, and religious freedom. 

WHAT :      Conference titled Aboriginal Rights & Refusing Life-Saving Treatment for Children
WHEN :      Friday November 28, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE :    University of Ottawa, Fauteux Hall, room 570  (57 Louis-Pasteur
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Speakers will be law professors Larry Chartrand, Vanessa Gruben, Darren O'Toole and research associate Bryan Thomas. The conference will be moderated by law professor Colleen Flood.

Media inquiries

Danika Gagnon
Media Relations Officer
University of Ottawa
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2981
Cell: 613-863-7221

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