Mutual respect and dialogue to tackle the rise of populism and racism




1 hour (EDI Professionalism)


1 hour





This program focuses on the importance of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Human rights, mutual respect and dialogue to foster equality, diversity and inclusion and counter the rise of populism and racism in our Canadian society.

You will first watch a case study featuring the Hot Docs original short documentary film Notwithstanding  from the Hot Docs series In The Name of All Canadians. Adopting a creative approach to documentary filmmaking, the film depicts a doomsday scenario when Section 33, the notwithstanding clause, weaponizes the Charter against itself.

The documentary film is followed by a post-screening discussion with legal scholars and human rights legal practitioners about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the Canadian society and the importance of acquiring cultural competencies to transpose these values in the professional workplace. You will be invited to reflect on how the rise of populism and racism jeopardizes the values of equality, diversity and inclusion in the Canadian society and how, as professionals, we all have a responsibility in taking proactive measures to address that risk in our workplace.

In order to receive your certificate of completion, you will have to complete a self-assessment test based on the topics discussed in the film and post-screening discussion.



  • Understanding the human consequences of unconscious bias against racialized professionals.
  • The interest-based and multi-stakeholder approach to common problems.
  • What organizations can do to prevent discrimination and racism?
  • Review key concepts of cultural competence.


This program is an accredited and/or eligible learning activity for lawyers in Canada.

ONTARIO: This program contains 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Content accredited by the Law Society of Ontario.

ALBERTA: For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta.

BRITISH COLOMBIA: This program is accredited and is listed in the Law Society of British Colombia portal.

BARREAU DU QUÉBEC: This program is eligible towards substantive CPD requirements.

MANITOBA: This program includes a test and is an interactive online program eligible towards CPD requirements.

NEW BRUNSWICK: This program includes a quiz component and is an online interactive program that may qualify for CPD Credit Hours.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR This program is an interactive online course which is an eligible CLE activity.

PRINCE-EDWARD ISLAND: This program qualifies for Continuing Professional Development Hours.

SASKATCHEWAN: This program is a 1-hour Professionalism (“Ethics Hours”) CPD activity which is pending approval by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

OTHER CANADIAN LAW SOCITIES: This program may be an eligible CPD activity for lawyers in other Canadian provinces and territories.

OTHER PROFESSIONALS / FOREIGN JURISDICTIONS: This program may be an eligible CPE/CPD activity for other professionals in Canada and in foreign jurisdictions. It is recommended that you visit your professional organization’s website to ensure participation in this activity will fulfill your CPD requirements.

A program developed in partnership with


Paul Champ

Lawyer, Criminal, Immigration and Citizenship Law

Paul Champ is an Ottawa-based litigation lawyer with a focus on human rights, employment, labour, and public interest law. Paul has acted as counsel in several important constitutional law cases dealing with fundamental human rights, and has developed a practice in national security law. In representing his clients, Paul has appeared before all levels of the Federal and Ontario Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as numerous boards and tribunals Paul studied law at the University of British Columbia (LLB) and McGill University, and holds a journalism degree from Carleton University (B.J.).

Yavar Hameed

Lawyer, Human Rights Law

Called to the Ontario Bar in 2001, Yavar is
a human rights advisory counsel and litigator. He has completed his Common Law degree at the University of Ottawa and an M.A. at the Normal Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA). As a human rights advocate, Yavar Hameed focuses in his law practice on
empowering his clients to understand their rights and offer strategies to help them navigate, simplify and overcome disempowering and oppressive legal and social challenges. Yavar Hameed is an active
member of the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA), on the board of iSisters Technology Mentoring and volunteering with
the Parkdale Food Centre..

Martha Jackman

Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa

Professor Jackman specializes in the area of constitutional law, with a particular focus on issues relating to women and other marginalized groups. She has held various positions within the law school including Vice-Dean of the French Common Law Program, and Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession. She publishes primarily in the areas of socio-economic rights, equality, and the Canadian Charter. She appears regularly before law reform bodies, lawyers, judges and parliamentary committees and is a member of the National Steering Committee of the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL/ANFD) and a former member of Equality Rights Panel of the Court Challenges Program of Canada and of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF/FAEJ).

Alycia Shaw

Lawyer, Human Rights and Labour Law

A respected practitioner with Jewitt McLuckie & Associates LLP (JM&A), she represented public and private sector locals at grievance arbitrations an administrative tribunals on a wide range of matters. She is also an adjunct professor of law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Alycia is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and an active member of the Federation of Asian Canadian
Lawyers. She also sits on the board of iSisters Technology Mentoring and volunteering with the Parkdale Food Centre in Ottawa.