Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services provides trauma-informed legal representation and consultations in BC. If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offence or believe you have been discriminated against or harassed under one of the protected characteristics identified in the BC Human Rights Code, please call us for a free consultation.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms establishes several rights to protect individuals who are arrested or detained by police. If you are arrested, you should know that you have the right to:
- remain silent when questioned by the police;
- be told why you have been arrested or detained;
- access duty counsel or legal aid; and
- speak with a lawyer, in private, as soon as possible.
If you do not have a lawyer and the police do not inform you about your right to duty counsel or legal aid services, ask the police for the toll-free duty counsel phone number. Duty counsel are defence lawyers who are paid by the government so there is no charge to you when you make this call.
human rights in B.C.
The BC Human Rights Code helps protect you from discrimination, harassment and retaliation if you bring a complaint forward. The Code allows you to file a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal if you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed under one or more of the protected characteristics.
You do not need a lawyer to bring a human rights complaint to the Tribunal but if you feel you need legal representation, please contact us for a free consultation.