Terror, Now and Then: The Art of Resistance – April 30

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 1PM
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto (map)
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“We won’t allow Canada to become a place of refuge for terrorists, thugs, [and] snakeheads.”

When Alykhan Velshi, aide to then Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, said these words in 2010, who was he talking about?

Join us on April 30 at Beit Zatoun for a discussion about art, resistance, and national security. From Bill C-51 to police carding, from the Tamil refugees on the Ocean Lady to indefinite detention, we’ll be talking with community advocates and lawyers about what it feels like to be the subject of state terror.


  • Amani bin Shikhan
  • Barb Jackman
  • Vino Shanmuganathan
  • Moderator: Fathima Cader, Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law

This won’t be your typical talk. We aim to give voice to both audience and presenters. Stay tuned for details about multimedia and interactive activities! Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

This event is brought to you by the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law and part of the Critical Mass Series. For their financial support, we thank the University of Toronto for its Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant and the Law Union of Ontario.

Need to know:

  • Free (donations welcome and are appreciated).
  • Venue accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible.
  • Please avoid using strong-scented products, due to chemical sensitivities.


Amani Bin Shikhan is a freelance writer and editor from Toronto’s east end. She hosts a podcast titled WhatsGood? and curates blog by the same name. (whats-good-blog.tumblr.com) Her passion lies at the intersection of mapping geography, cultures, technology, art and what keeps people going. She tweets through her existential crises at @manimaani.

Barbara Jackman, B.A. Hons. (Windsor) 1972; LL.B. (Toronto) 1976 was called to the bar of Ontario in 1978. Since then, the primary focus of her practice has been immigration and refugee law, and related constitutional litigation. Ms. Jackman has been an adjunct faculty member of several Ontario law schools. She has also been a very active contributor to Continuing Legal Education programs for the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and academic and community conferences on topics such as the practice of immigration and refugee law, racial profiling, the role and practices of the Federal Court and Supreme Court of Canada, issues related to migration and Canadian national security, domestic and international human rights norms and practices, and advocacy before International Human Rights Tribunals.

Vino Shanmuganathan has over a decade of experience working within racialized, migrant and low-income communities as a counsellor, facilitator, and researcher. She continues to contribute to the Toronto community in various capacities – including advocacy and popular education on issues revolving around migrant justice, violence against women and poverty. She recently completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa, and also holds a Masters in Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Refugees and Forced Migration Studies.