TalkRights is a new space for the Canadian public to learn about their rights and freedoms online. We invite you to explore our growing collection of resources, to contribute your own ideas, stories and priorities to the conversation, to ask the CCLA your burning civil liberties questions, and get involved in the CCLA’s advocacy campaigns. There’s never been a better time to join the conversation about civil liberties in Canada — so let’s talk rights!

Check out a welcome video from Executive Director and General Counsel Sukanya Pillay here.


About CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain, Canada’s online identifier, on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-driven organization, CIRA also facilitates the development of a better Internet for all Canadians, and represents the .CA registry internationally.

The TalkRights project was funded with generous support from CIRA’s Community Investment Program. We thank CIRA for their recognition of the importance of civil liberties advocacy and education in Canada.


TalkRights is a project sustained by talented, dedicated, and creative volunteers in the Canadian civil liberties community. Legal professionals, law students, community organizations and researchers who wish to contribute to TalkRights are invited to get in touch at talkrights [at] ccla [dot] org. Here are some of the ways volunteers can contribute to TalkRights:

  • By conducting thoughtful, engaging interviews with experts—including academics, community activists, lawyers and other advocates across Canada
  • By offering pro bono legal drafting, editing, and reviewing of civil liberties related education materials, guides and FAQs
  • By contributing to the RightsWatch blog or producing up-to-date content about new bills and legislation for the Current Issues section
  • By updating and expanding collections of useful links and resources for the public
  • By sharing CCLA and TalkRights material on your campus or within your community (email us — we’ll send you stickers!)

Potential volunteers are asked to include a short description of their skills and interests when contacting talkrights [at] ccla [dot] org. 

Organizations that have produced material (resource collections, guides, FAQs, research reports, or other projects) which might be of interest to the TalkRights community are invited to get in touch and share their work.



TalkRights would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of countless volunteers. We’d like to thank the following individuals (and others who have chosen to remain anonymous) for their support in producing and editing content for TalkRights (list up to date as of January 2018):

Adil Abdulla Annie Macdonald
Melanie Adamsons Chris Mantelos
Amena Ali Oksana Maskulka
Andrea Anderson Benjamin Mayer-Goodman
Chelsea Bland Alan McCallum
Marie-Pierre Boudreau Joseph Morin
Dora Chan Ashley Naipaul
Angela Danko Michael Ochotta
Daniel Del Gobbo Daniel C. Park
Stephanie Figliomeni Allison Render
Alannah Fotheringham Daanish Samadmoten
Fernando Gonzales Nadia Sayed
Mark Gulla Zack Shefman
Christopher Hogg Brenna Slawish
Amy Jazienicki Eric Suderman
Rahul Kaushal Alexandra (Sasha) L. Toten
Garrett Lafferty Mayooran Thevaraja
Alexander Langer Emma White
Connor W. Macorin Mary Wong

Custom illustration for TalkRights was done by
Cai Sepulis.