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website: <www.bcli.org>. Also on the BCLI website are links to interactive
surveys maintained by BCLI and a response booklet, which may be completed
and sent to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Finally, for those who prefer a more
focused experience, a summary consultation paper featuring three highlighted
proposals is also available for download.
The committee will take submissions it has received before June 15, 2018
into account in formulating its final recommendations on governance
issues for stratas.
NEW VIDEO PRODUCED BY OLDER IMMIGRANT WOMEN SURVIVORS OF
In early 2017, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (“CCEL”) launched a new
Older Women’s Dialogue Project (“OWDP”) tool-development group with
ten older women survivors of abuse in collaboration with the Vancouver &
Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society. Over the
last year, CCEL staff have been working with the women to develop a video
that explains how the family law system failed them as survivors of violence
and identifies ways in which family law system stakeholders can better support
women who turn to them for access to justice.
The video, entitled No Voice, weaves together the stories of four older
women with imagery the women collected to illustrate their emotional
experiences of isolation, fear and loss. Although the video reflects the particular
stories of four of the women, most of the women in the group contributed
photographs to the project, and all ten women participated in the
discussions that resulted in the creation of this tool.
The women produced this video for lawyers, judges, advocates and other
stakeholders in the family law system. The goal is to share older women’s
experiences in order to help stakeholders better understand the barriers
women face and how to provide more adequate support. For survivors of
trauma, the courtroom often feels like an unsafe place where justice cannot
be found. This video can be used in educational and professional development
initiatives aimed at all professionals who form part of the family law
system—from law students to the judiciary.
The participants in the group ranged in age from their 50s to 80s and
came to Canada from a diverse set of countries including Vietnam, Japan,
India, Portugal and Poland. For some of the women, they left the abuse
behind many years go. Many experienced abuse from a partner for a great
number of years. For all of them, violence has significantly marked their
lives, and it now impacts their experience of aging.