Grants Awarded April 2022 to March 2023

LEGAL RESEARCH AND LAW REFORM

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre – $643,132
Provides legal research, publications and education on civil liberties and human rights.

Alberta Law Reform Institute – $805,000
Research into law and the administration of justice and proposing law reform.

Canadian Bar Association – Alberta – $15,000
Legislative Review Officer assists the Legislative Review Committee to review all bills prior to first reading and summarize bills passing through the Legislature.

Canadian Institute of Resources Law – $209,176
Legal research, education and publication activities.

Centre for Constitutional Studies – $394,780
Legal research, education and publication activities.

Environmental Law Centre
Endangered Species Act – $85,080
Project to create a draft bill for species at risk protection in Alberta.
Regulatory Evaluation: Grasslands – $111,175
Project to evaluate the decisions of regulatory tribunals to determine the impact of their decisions on native grasslands and whether they are meeting stated policy goals.
Access to Information: Environmental Information, Disclosure and Access to Justice – $103,428
Project to review the effectiveness of provincial and federal access to information systems, with a particular focus on environmental and natural resource decision makers and legislation.

John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Strengthening the Alberta Human Rights System: Research and Reform Project – $40,000
Community-driven recommendations for administrative and legislative reforms to Alberta’s human rights mechanisms.

LAW LIBRARIES

Alberta Law Libraries – $1,316,500
Maintenance of the Alberta Law Libraries collections.

PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION

Alberta Seventh Step Society – $206,384
Education in schools about the criminal justice system from the viewpoint of the ex-offender.

Alberta Workers’ Health Centre
Work Plays Schools Program
– $236,652
Dramatic presentations to school audiences across the province aimed at teaching students about their rights and responsibilities at work and covers topics relating to OHS legislation, employment standards, workplace safety, codes and practices, and human rights law.
New High School Play Project – $24,984
This new play will be piloted for high-school aged workers and will address recent changes to labour legislation affecting young workers.

Calgary Youth Justice Society
Calgary Police Service Youth Diversion Project
 – $103,000
Provides education to Calgary Police Service members to increase knowledge, understanding and utilization of Section 18 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. It also provides Calgary Police Service support in adapting related policies, practices and procedures to support youth diversion from formal justice processes to ensure that all eligible youth have an opportunity to be diverted from court for offences less serious in nature.
Youth Justice Committee Coordination Project – $96,600
Provides legal education to community volunteers involved with their local Youth Justice Committee, to parents of youth involved in the criminal justice system, and to the general public and community partners to increase understanding of the youth justice system and what is required to be involved in and support youth criminal justice processes.

Diversecities Community Service Association – $69,028
Provides legal information and referrals, coordinates legal clinics, follow-up legal services, Commissioner for Oaths, assistance with wills and estates, document drafting, Enduring Powers of Attorney, legal resources and publications.

Legal Resource Centre – $606,000
Print and web-based public legal education and information resources; legal referrals and presentations to the public.

Portage College, Lac La Biche – $65,588
Provision of public legal education workshops in north-east Alberta.

Workers’ Resource Centre
Public Legal Education Workshops
 – $124,460
Provides plain-language educational workshops for marginalized Alberta workers on employment-related rights, obligations and benefits.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES LEGAL PROGRAMS

Indigenous Justice Centre Society of Alberta – $2,567,928
Establishment of the Indigenous Justice Centre in Calgary to provide consistent and relevant legal services within a restorative approach as well as the consideration of Indigenous traditional perspectives of justice.

Native Counselling Services of Alberta
BearPaw Media and Education Program
 – $543,232
Develops and delivers Indigenous-focused legal education and information.
BearPaw Media and Education Environmental Scan and Legal Needs Assessment Project – $30,000
Indigenous-led needs assessment and environmental scan focused on legal education areas, needs and accessibility of public legal education resources specific to Indigenous communities. The project will also explore the availability of technology and technology literacy.
Calgary Urban Indigenous Peacemaker Program – $149,092
Offers supported resolution alternatives through culturally appropriate peacemaker circles in the Indigenous restorative justice tradition.
Edmonton Urban Indigenous Peacemaker Program – $208,275
Offers supported resolution alternatives through culturally appropriate peacemaker circles in the Indigenous restorative justice tradition.
Lethbridge Urban Indigenous Peacemaker Program – $179,580
Offers supported resolution alternatives through culturally appropriate peacemaker circles in the Indigenous restorative justice tradition.

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, Indigenous Law Students Association – $8,850
Organization and presentation of the annual 5-day Speakers Series on Indigenous justice issues.

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge
Community-Directed Research and Learning
 – $626,316
The Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge is a dedicated Indigenous law research unit based out of the University of Alberta with the objective of upholding Indigenous laws through community-directed research and learning. The goals are to:
– Support Indigenous communities’ goal to identify, articulate, and implement their own laws and governance,
– Develop, gather, amplify, and transfer wise practices, promising methods and research tools, and
– Produce useful and accessible public legal education resources.
Child Welfare Scoping and Website Development Project – $60,000
Scoping and feasibility project for a child welfare clinic in Alberta.

COMMUNITY AND STUDENT LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Alexandra Community Health Centre – $81,000
Provision of legal information and referrals to adult and youth clients by a justice navigator.

Calgary Legal Guidance
Volunteer lawyer clinic services
 – $3,092,000
Volunteer legal advice clinic, outreach and local follow-up advice and representation; public legal education, information and referrals.
Enhanced Clinic Safety Measures Project – $19,600
Project to enhance the safety of the clinic.

Central Alberta Legal Clinic Foundation
Volunteer lawyer clinic services – $863,568
Volunteer legal advice clinic, outreach and local follow-up advice and representation; public legal education, information and referral throughout Central Alberta, Medicine Hat, Lloydminster and Fort McMurray.
Immigration Law Project $85,308
Provides follow-up services to those needing legal advice relating to immigration issues throughout Central Alberta, Medicine Hat, Lloydminster and Fort McMurray.
Alberta Rural Legal Assistance Initiative Project – $162,052
An extension to CALCF’s Follow-Up Program, providing service to the rural and remote sites in Central Alberta, Medicine Hat, Fort McMurray and Lloydminster.

Crowsnest Pass Women’s Resource and Crisis Centre – $35,420
Provides free legal information, support and referral services to residents of southwestern rural Alberta.

Edmonton Community Legal Centre – $2,611,500
Volunteer legal advice clinic, follow-up legal advice and representation; public legal education, information and referrals in Edmonton and northern regions including Grande Prairie.

FearIsNotLove (Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter Association) – $215,525
Provision of legal information, assistance and referral to vulnerable women.

Lethbridge Legal Guidance – $552,340
Volunteer legal advice clinic, follow-up legal advice and representation; public legal education, information and referrals.

Pro Bono Law Alberta – $286,556
Coordination of pro bono legal services delivery in civil matters.

Rowan House Society – $96,756
Provision of legal information, assistance and referrals to vulnerable women.

Student Legal Assistance, University of Calgary – $548,028
Provision of legal information and assistance to the community by law students.

Student Legal Services of Edmonton – $460,984
Provision of legal information and assistance to the community by law students.

University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, Pro Bono Students Canada – $31,412
Coordinates law student volunteers who deliver pro bono legal services under the supervision of volunteer lawyers to communities, organizations and individuals in need.

Women’s Centre of Calgary – $50,440
Legal advice clinics provide free, half-hour advice sessions to women on matters such as family issues, civil cases, immigration and other types of matters, not including criminal law.

Workers’ Resource Centre
Casework Program
 – $374,196
Provides information, assistance and representation to help vulnerable workers in Alberta access their legislated benefits and entitlements.

Youth Restorative Action Project – $52,964
Support for programming to administer the restorative justice processes of the youth justice committee, including Extrajudicial Sanctions panels and Section 19 conferences, in Edmonton and surrounding rural areas.

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