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!


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.


partnership with PBSC Canada

Since 2015, CCLA has worked in partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) to provide volunteer opportunities to law student volunteers interested in rights and civil liberties issues and enthusiastic about contributing their time and expertise to create new resources for TalkRights. PBSC is a national access to justice organization that works with law schools across Canada, providing meaningful and impactful volunteer opportunities, training sessions, and networking opportunities. 



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 December 2019):

Adil Abdulla Victor Lakoff Mayooran Thevaraja
Melanie Adamsons Alexander Langer Emma White
Amena Ali Connor W. Macorin Mary Wong
Andrea Anderson Annie Macdonald
Neil Bhatt Chris Mantelos
Chelsea Bland Oksana Maskulka 2019-2020 Volunteers
Marie-Pierre Boudreau Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Nicholas P. Ettinger
Dora Chan Alan McCallum
Laurent Crépeau Joseph Morin
Angela Danko Ashley Naipaul
Daniel Del Gobbo Michael Ochotta
Stephanie Figliomeni Daniel C. Park
Alannah Fotheringham Allison Render
Fernando Gonzales Daanish Samadmoten
Mark Gulla Nadia Sayed
Christopher Hogg Zack Shefman
Amy Jazienicki Brenna Slawish
Rahul Kaushal Eric Suderman
Garrett Lafferty Alexandra (Sasha) L. Toten

Custom illustration for TalkRights was done by
Cai Sepulis.