What Does Religious Freedom Mean in the Canadian Context? (1:18)

3:00 – 4:30 pm  What Does Religious Freedom Mean in the Canadian Context?

This panel explores the contours of religious freedom in the context of the administration of justice. Drawing on existing legal frameworks and significant cases, the panel will discuss claims and conflicts involving persons and communities of faith. How is religious freedom understood and protected? How are belief and practice connected?What is the scope of the fundamental freedom of religion and conscience articulated in the Canadian Charter? What is the content of an obligation by individual actors not to discriminate on the basis of religion, as provided for in the human rights context? Are there lessons to be learned from encounters between law and religion for broader issues related to diversity and identity in the administration of justice?


  • Professor Shauna Van Praagh, McGill University


  • Professor Louis-Philippe Lampron, Université Laval
  • Professor Benjamin L. Berger, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Ms. Tamara Thermitus, President, Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse