Why Legal Observers?

Like many of you, the BCCLA and Pivot are concerned that with more than 7,000 police officers, 5,000 private security guards and 4,500 members of the Canadian armed forces arrive in Vancouver, their presence may get in the way of citizens’ constitutional rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.


We are ready, with hundreds of volunteers trained to act as eyes and ears on the streets. Legal observers have been trained to watch for violations, and to document and report them.


About the B.C. Civil Liberties Association

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association was established in 1962 and is the oldest and most active civil liberties group in Canada. We are funded by the Law Foundation of B.C. and by citizens who believe in what we do.


We are a group of citizens who volunteer our energy and talents to fulfill our mandate: to preserve, defend, maintain and extend civil liberties and human rights in British Columbia and across Canada.


About Pivot Legal Society

Pivot Legal Society is a non-profit legal advocacy organization located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.


Pivot's mandate is to take a strategic approach to social change, using the law to address the root causes that undermine the quality of life of those most on the margins.



The Legal Observer Program would not be possible without the generous support of:


The Vancouver Foundation

The Student Legal Fund Society

The Law Foundation of British Columbia

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