The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers BC’s Advocacy Committee is dedicated to carrying out FACL BC’s mandate to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community.
We recognize that there are intersections between Asian communities and many equity-seeking groups. We aim to address intersecting forms of oppression and work in solidarity with other equity-seeking groups and organizations that align with our mandate.
Committee Chair: Mark Iyengar
Vice President (External): Afifa Hashimi
Collaboration and Consultation
We aim to connect and collaborate with others who align with our mandate. If your organization or group would like to connect with us to consult or explore opportunities for collaboration, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political engagement is a part of our advocacy work. We have engaged with ministers and other government officials to discuss issues impacting the Asian-Canadian legal community and the wider community. We also engage with stakeholders and ministers on a provincial level to address issues related to systemic racism.
The Advocacy Committee hosts a variety of informative and interactive events. Our events provide forums for public dialogue on topics related to equity and justice. Through events, we engage with the legal community and stakeholders in community and government.
Some of our recent online events:
Supportive Relationships Dialogue Series: Current Strategies for Fostering Reconciliation & Dismantling Colonial Approaches, presented by the CBABC in partnership with the University of British Columbia Peter A. Allard School of Law - Indigenous Legal Studies and FACL BC
We create educational content, including resource guides:
Anti-Asian Racism and Hate Incidents Resource List - March 2021
Do you know whose land you are on? A FACL BC Resource List & Instagram post - February 2021
Resource List to Support Black Communities - June 2020
FACL BC publishes statements in response to events and issues.
FACL BC Statement on the Anti-Asian Fatal Shootings in Georgia, USA - March 18, 2021
Statement on the Government of Canada's Fall Economic Statement 2020 - December 11, 2020
We also sign onto statements and letters that further our mandate.
To view a full list of our statements, click here.
DocumentaryThe Advocacy Committee is involved in creating FACL BC’s documentary, But I Look Like a Lawyer, which is about discrimination, stereotyping and bias experienced by members of the Pan-Asian legal community. Visit https://faclbc.ca/documentary to learn more.