About the Coalition
Who We Are
Voices-Voix is a non-partisan coalition of Canadians and Canadian organizations committed to defending our collective and individual rights to dissent, advocacy and democratic space.
We believe that both citizens and governments have positive roles to play in supporting civil society, and in encouraging respect for our democratic rights and values, including free speech, transparency and equality.
What we do
- We document attacks against organizations, individuals and institutions that have raised their voices, to show the pattern of government silencing of free speech, and offer solidarity to those who have been targeted. (See our Facts.)
- We promote debate amongst our members and allies about how to defend the space for democratic dissent and advocacy in Canada, through our forum and our events.
- We encourage Canadians to raise their voices so that governments meet their core responsibilities to respect the equality, transparency and diversity of voices that make a democracy thrive. (See our section Raise Your Voice.)
- We inform the international community about what is happening in Canada by presenting our research findings.( See our Reports).
As of April 2013, 81 cases have been documented.
The Voices-Voix Coalition was founded on April 21st, 2010. Over 100 representatives of Canadian organizations gathered in Ottawa to discuss increasing attacks by the federal government on democratic rights, especially the right to criticize government policies and decisions without suffering retribution, and the right of all citizens to be treated equally by their elected representatives.
There is no hierarchy in Voices-Voix. Decisions are made by consensus. Representatives of our member-organizations and allies communicate ideas on how to accomplish our common goals through a forum. All Canadian organizations that endorse the Declaration are welcome to join, except for political parties.
Funds are donated by member-organizations. Voices-Voix is not a charity, but you can donate by contacting us.
Support the Voices-Voix coalition
When the government tries to silence advocacy and dissent, free speech, transparency, equality and democracy are compromised. Speak up for our democratic rights and freedoms. Raise your voice!