Event Invitation: Language Rights and the English-speaking Community of Quebec

As part of the Quebec Community Groups Network’s effort to better inform our community about its language rights, we are hosting a series of webinars. This first in the series Language Rights and the English-speaking Community of Quebec, will take place this Thursday, March 11 at 5 p.m. Lawyer Marion Sandilands will give a short history of language rights in Canada. Sandilands, who practices civil litigation, constitutional and administrative law at Conway Baxter Wilson LLP, has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on matters of constitutional law and language rights. That included representing the QCGN when we intervened in the case of Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia. In that landmark case, the Supreme Court gave a generous and broad interpretation of Section 23 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees minority language educational rights to French-speaking communities outside Quebec and to the English-speaking minority within Quebec. Read more about that case here and here. Sandilands was also the lead author on QCGN’s English-speaking community of Quebec and the modernization of the Official Languages Act. Register here to receive a secure link to attend the online webinar.  Upcoming webinars will discuss the Official Languages Act and its importance to English-speaking Quebec as well as the Charter of the French Language. These one-hour webinars will be moderated discussions with subject matter experts. Webinar participants will be able to ask questions through the chat function.