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MKO Chiefs Call on Province of Manitoba to Address Broken Justice System in Northern Manitoba

Jan 27, 2020 Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB –Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is deeply concerned about justice issues and the Constitutional rights of First Nations people involved in the system in Northern Manitoba. Recent stories shared by the Winnipeg Free Press highlight the call from a Manitoba judge for an independent review of the […]

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‘Both ambitious and reasonable’: Chiefs lay out priorities for work on Viens commission’s calls to action – APTN News

January 27, 2020 Leaders of various Indigenous organizations and representatives of the Quebec government convened at the Delta hotel in downtown Montreal for a second meeting since the release of the Viens Commission report last year – with a productive outcome, according to the province’s minister of Indigenous affairs. While addressing reporters after the closing […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 202023 Views

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Follow-up to the commissions of inquiry – The Québec government and the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) agree on an organizational context

MONTRÉAL, Jan. 27, 2020  – Representatives of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador and the Québec government met for the second time today in Montréal to pursue the implementation of the recommendations of the Public Inquiry Commission on Relations between Indigenous Peoples and Certain Public Services in Québec (Viens Commission) and the National Inquiry into […]

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Indigenous women over-represented in Sudbury jail, group says – CBC

Cory Roslyn with Elizabeth Fry Society says they try to “do what they can with what little is available.” Jan 28, 2020 Indigenous women are statistically over-represented in Sudbury’s jail. That’s according to the executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society for northeastern Ontario, a non-profit group that helps women who’ve been in trouble with […]

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Manitoba to Partner With Community to Support Women, Children Affected by Family Violence

January 27, 2020 Manitoba Selects Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc. to Lead Next Phase of Work: Ministers The Manitoba government has chosen Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc. to lead a network of community agencies to help improve housing options for women and children who have experienced family violence, Families Minister Heather Stefanson, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox, […]

by ahnationtalk on January 27, 202033 Views

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Funding available for Yukon projects that prevent crime or support victims

The spring 2020 intake has opened for applications to the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust. Project funding is available from the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust for non-profit community groups, school councils, municipalities or First Nations governments. The funding supports community-led projects that work to reduce crime, prevent gender-based violence or address the […]

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Defence lawyers call for mass pardon of non-violent Indigenous inmates after watchdog report – Edmonton Journal

A local law group is urging Public Safety Canada to pardon all Indigenous inmates currently being held in custody for non-violent crimes after a report found Indigenous incarceration numbers are continuing to rise across the country. Dr. Ivan Zinger, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, released a report Tuesday outlining Indigenous inmates now make up 30 […]

by ahnationtalk on January 27, 202042 Views

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Tip received on Amber Tuccaro’s homicide file

January 24, 2020 In early December 2019, the Banff RCMP was contacted by a male who alleged that his father may be responsible for a missing person from the Banff area. The male also stated that he believed that his father may be linked to numerous missing persons and homicide files in Alberta. On January […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202045 Views

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Open Letter: Vancouver Police Board Must Provide Immediate and Rigorous Oversight of BMO’s and VPD’s Racist Mistreatment of Indigenous Man and Granddaughter

January 23, 2020 Dear Vancouver Police Board, It has been one month since an Indigenous man and his twelve-year-old granddaughter were racially profiled and wrongly handcuffed at a Bank of Montreal (BMO) branch in Vancouver. Maxwell Johnson and his granddaughter, Tori-Anne, were subject to an appalling and traumatizing display of racism, one with roots in […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202044 Views

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Province investigating death of Samson Cree Nation youth in care – Pipestone Flyer

16-year-old found deceased outside in Rocky Mountain House Jan. 24, 2020 The province’s Children Services ministry is investigating after a youth in care from Samson Cree Nation died on Jan. 11. The 16-year-old boy was in government care in the Rocky Mountain House area and was reported missing late in the evening on Jan. 10, […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202061 Views

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BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee demands Urgent Correctional Justice Reforms acroos Canada

(xwməθkwəy̓ əm/Musqueam Territory, Prince George, BC – Jan. 23, 2020) – Regional Chief Terry Teegee presented at the First Ministers Meeting on Justice and Public Safety in Victoria, BC to a receptive audience. He noted the stark contrast between the honest commitment to legal reform in the justice system and on-the-ground failure that is occurring […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202023 Views

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AMC challenges the approach of the Winnipeg Police Department in suspicious death of Sandy Bay First Nation citizen Jaeda Vanderwal

Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba – Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) decries the approach of the Winnipeg Police Department in the suspicious death of 22 year-old Jaeda Vanderwal, and calls on Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth to intervene and direct his officers to properly investigate. Jaeda’s unclothed body was […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202039 Views

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Media Advisory – Second Meeting of the Dialogue Table on the Recommendations of the Viens Report and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Wendake, January 24, 2020 – Leaders of various Indigenous organizations and representatives of the Government of Québec will participate in the second meeting of the dialogue table on the recommendations of the Report of the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec (Viens Commission) and the National Inquiry […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202060 Views

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Human rights groups slam Vancouver police ‘street check’ policy – Vancouver Is Awesome

B.C. Civil Liberties Association lawyer: ‘We believe it misses the mark’ Two organizations that advocate strongly for human rights say a new policy on how Vancouver police conduct street checks is flawed and needs to be revised or scrapped to ensure innocent people don’t get interrogated by officers. Representatives from the B.C. Civil Liberties Association […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202023 Views

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Onion Lake RCMP: Sudden death of adult male in Onion Lake Cree Nation

On January 21, 2020, shortly after 7 p.m., Onion Lake RCMP received a report of a deceased person located a short distance off Highway 797 in the Onion Lake Cree Nation. Officers secured the scene and requested the Coroner and additional RCMP resources to assist with the investigation. The deceased person has been identified as 32-year-old Braden Richard Bull, of Little Pine […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202024 Views

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“We Must Bring Justice and Healing to the Families Whose Children Never Made it Home from Residential Schools,” Says AFN NWT Regional Chief Yakeleya

“We Must Bring Justice and Healing to the Families Whose Children Never Made it Home from Residential Schools,” Says AFN NWT Regional Chief Yakeleya September 19, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) NWT Regional Chief Norman Yakeleya attended a presentation by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) yesterday on their […]

by pmnationtalk on January 24, 202033 Views

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CAP: Indigenous Overincarceration Crisis Hits Record Numbers

January 22, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The proportion of Indigenous people behind bars has hit a record high, according to new figures from Dr. Ivan Zinger, the Correctional Investigator of Canada. Indigenous people are 5 per cent of Canada’s population1, but they make up a shocking 30 per cent of inmates in federal custody, an […]

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‘Child welfare to prison pipeline’ feeding rising Indigenous incarceration rates – APTN News

January 23, 2020 Renu Mandhane has visited Ontario’s provincial jails in northern Ontario where inmates largely identity as First Nation. In fact, Mandhane visited the Thunder Bay, Ont. jail last Tuesday in her official role as the chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. “I did a walk through and I asked the superintendent […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202024 Views

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The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal currently has a posting for a Tribunal Member position.

January 22, 2020 The Human Rights Tribunal currently has a posting for a Tribunal Member position. The Tribunal is committed to increasing the number of Indigenous Peoples at all levels of the organization, as called for in the report of Ardith Walkem QC, Expanding Our Vision: Cultural Equality & Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights. In making a recommendation […]

by aanationtalk on January 23, 202032 Views

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AFN National Chief Bellegarde says Canada’s Correctional Investigator’s Report is an Alarming Call for Immediate Action to Reduce First Nations Incarceration

AFN National Chief Bellegarde says Canada’s Correctional Investigator’s Report is an Alarming Call for Immediate Action to Reduce First Nations Incarceration January 22, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde wants immediate action in response to yesterday’s release by the Correctional Investigator of Canada which states that Canada’s prisons […]

by ahnationtalk on January 23, 202070 Views

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Justice and Public Safety Ministers from across the country meet to work together on issues important to Canadians

January 22, 2020 Today, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers responsible for justice and public safety concluded a one-day meeting to discuss key priorities of Canadians. With several new federal and provincial government mandates, this meeting was an opportunity to build upon relationships and outline key priorities of the different jurisdictions, such as Indigenous justice […]

by ahnationtalk on January 23, 202044 Views

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“Indigenous individuals under federal sentence has reached new historic highs” – Dr. Ivan Zinger – NetNewsledger

OTTAWA – The Correctional Investigator of Canada, Dr. Ivan Zinger, has issued a news release and supporting information indicating that the number and proportion of Indigenous individuals under federal sentence has reached new historic highs. Dr. Zinger provided this context: “Four years ago, my Office reported that persons of Indigenous ancestry had reached 25% of […]

by ahnationtalk on January 23, 202074 Views

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MKO calls on government to make changes to lower Indigenous incarceration rates – CTV News

January 22, 2020 WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is calling on the Government of Canada to implement changes to lower the incarceration rates of Indigenous people, after a report shows they account for a disproportionate amount of the inmate population. On Tuesday, the Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada shared a […]

by ahnationtalk on January 22, 202026 Views

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New network established to address domestic homicide in the four Atlantic provinces

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The establishment of the regional Atlantic Domestic Homicide Review Network by the Atlantic Canada premiers at their recent meeting will lead to better prevention efforts and enhance the work of New Brunswick’s domestic violence death review committee, according to Service New Brunswick Minister Sherry Wilson, who is also minister responsible for Women’s […]

by ahnationtalk on January 22, 202020 Views

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NWAC: Number of Incarcerated Indigenous Women at New High

Ottawa, ON, January 21, 2020 – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is alarmed by the findings released today by the Correctional Investigator of Canada, including the record high rate of incarceration among First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women. Today’s report shows that Indigenous women now represent 42-percent of incarcerated women in Canada. The […]

by ahnationtalk on January 22, 202035 Views

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Statement – Bold and urgent action needed to address this national disgrace

January 21, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issues the following statement: “The Commission is deeply disturbed by the recent findings of the Office of the Correctional Investigator that the proportion of Indigenous people in federal prisons has now surpassed a staggering […]

by ahnationtalk on January 22, 202023 Views

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Prison Watchdog Ivan Zinger: Proportion Of Indigenous People In Federal Custody A ‘National Travesty’ – HuffPost Canada

He’s calling on Correctional Service of Canada to do more to resolve the spiralling problem. OTTAWA — The proportion of Indigenous people in federal custody has hit a record high of more than 30 per cent due to disturbing and entrenched imbalances, Canada’s prison ombudsman warned Tuesday. The numbers are even more troubling for Indigenous […]

by ahnationtalk on January 22, 202028 Views

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‘Disturbing and entrenched imbalances’: Indigenous people make up 30 per cent of prison population – APTN News

January 21, 2020 Canada’s Correctional Investigator says Indigenous people now represent 30 per cent of those locked up in federal prisons despite making up just five per cent of the general population. “Four years ago, my Office reported that persons of Indigenous ancestry had reached 25% of the total inmate population,” said Ivan Zinger, Canada’s […]

by ahnationtalk on January 21, 202060 Views

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Joint submission to Ontario’s consultation on the 2020 budget: Necessary investments in Ontario’s correctional system

January 21, 2020 Introduction This joint submission identifies concrete investments that should be earmarked in Ontario’s 2020 budget to protect the health and safety of vulnerable and marginalized Ontarians incarcerated in provincial institutions and the brave men and women working inside them. This submission reflects the collective front-line, legal, policy and lived experiences of many […]

by ahnationtalk on January 21, 202051 Views

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OHRC and corrections workers call for dedicated funding to address crisis in Ontario corrections

January 21, 2020 TORONTO – In an unprecedented joint submission the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and OPSEU Corrections Management-Employee Relations Committee (MERC), which represents front-line correctional staff, are calling on the Ontario government to dedicate funds in the 2020 Budget to address the crisis in Ontario’s correctional system. Today, the OHRC is presenting on […]

by ahnationtalk on January 21, 202027 Views

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Indigenous People in Federal Custody Surpasses 30% – Correctional Investigator Issues Statement and Challenge

From: Public Safety Canada Ottawa, January 21, 2020 – Today, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, Dr. Ivan Zinger, issued a news release and supporting information indicating that the number and proportion of Indigenous individuals under federal sentence has reached new historic highs. In his release and comments, Dr. Zinger provided this context: “Four years ago, […]

by ahnationtalk on January 21, 202048 Views

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Four-time rejection of Indigenous woman’s rape claim ‘appalling,’ NDP MP says – Toronto Star

Jan. 20, 2020 OTTAWA—A woman who alleges she was raped at age 15 while being transported to a residential school has had her settlement claim rejected for a fourth time — a case New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says highlights major gaps in the settlement agreement for survivors. The woman, whose identity is protected by […]

by ahnationtalk on January 21, 202023 Views

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GCT3: Update on the Federal Indian Day School Class Action-Claims Process Now Open

Received January 14 2020. From Vanessa Lessard, Law Clerk of Gowling WLG. For information regarding the Class Action-Claims Process Vanessa Lessard can be reached at 1 613 233 1781 ex 57447. Gowling WLG can also provide assistance to anyone filling out the related forms and can be contacted by phone at 1 844 539 3815 […]

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FNQLHSSC: Federal Indian Day School Class Action

Jan 16, 2020 January 13, 2020, is the opening date of Claims Process regarding the Federal Indian Day School Class Action. January 13, 2020, is the opening date of Claims Process regarding the Federal Indian Day School Class Action. The Court-approved Claim Form is now available through this link: https://indiandayschools.com/en/documents/. At this time, the following […]

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Inuit women experience racialized policing in Canada’s North, report says – Nunatsiaq News

20 January 2020 Report calls for a decolonized approach to policing in Inuit Nunangat A new report from Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada calls for a fundamental shift in how policing is carried out in Inuit Nunangat. The report, Addressing Gendered Violence Against Inuit Women, calls for a decolonized approach to policing. “The way forward, […]

by ahnationtalk on January 21, 202033 Views

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Inquest into Cynthia Blackjack’s death begins in Carmacks – CBC

Blackjack, 29, died during medevac flight to Whitehorse in 2013 Jan 20, 2020 A coroner’s inquest begins Monday into the 2013 death of Carmacks, Yukon, resident Cynthia Blackjack. The first two days of the inquest are scheduled to happen in Carmacks at the local community centre. On Wednesday, it resumes at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural […]

by ahnationtalk on January 21, 202024 Views

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United Nations says criminal groups targeting Indigenous and Afro-Colombian groups in Columbia – APTN News

January 16, 2020 The United Nations says armed groups linked to criminal activities are targeting human rights defenders who work with Indigenous groups and Afro-Columbians in “staggering” numbers and is calling on the Columbian government to make a “strenuous” effort to prevent these attacks. “According to our records, 107 activists were killed last year, and […]

by ahnationtalk on January 17, 202053 Views

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United Nations says criminal groups targeting Indigenous and Afro-Colombian groups in Columbia – APTN News

January 16, 2020 The United Nations says armed groups linked to criminal activities are targeting human rights defenders who work with Indigenous groups and Afro-Columbians in “staggering” numbers and is calling on the Columbian government to make a “strenuous” effort to prevent these attacks. “According to our records, 107 activists were killed last year, and […]

by ahnationtalk on January 17, 202051 Views

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Family of Indigenous woman critical of police investigation into her death – Todayville.com

WINNIPEG — The family of a 22-year-old Indigenous woman found unclothed and injured in a train yard is criticizing how Winnipeg police investigated her death. Police say Jaeda Vanderwal died from blunt force trauma and hypothermia after being struck by two trains on Jan. 5. Her family alleges there was evidence pointing to physical and […]

by ahnationtalk on January 17, 202038 Views

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FNLC Calls for RCMP Restraint Toward Protesters of the TransCanada Coastal Gaslink Project

January 16, 2020 The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is growing increasingly alarmed that violence may erupt between the RCMP and First Nations who are peacefully protesting the TransCanada Coastal GasLink project. RCMP are gathering personnel and equipment and implementing isolation protocols on the Morice West Forest Service Road near Houston, BC, as they did […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202045 Views

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RCMP provides update on access control checkpoint on Morice West Forest Service Road

2020-01-15 The access control checkpoint was set up late in the morning on January 13, 2020 at the 27 kilometer mark on the Morice West Forest Service Road. As frontline police officers were implementing the new access procedure on the first day, there was some miscommunication that resulted in three individuals being turned away. In […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202045 Views

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Inuit women in Canada’s north encountering ‘racialized policing,’ report says – CTV News

January 16, 2020 OTTAWA — A new report on how police respond to violence against women in Canada’s four northern Inuit regions says researchers have uncovered “systemic racialized policing” there. Interviews with Inuit women and service providers in these regions, known collectively as the Inuit Nunangat, reveal many women encounter so much gender-based violence, they […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202044 Views

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Radical Shift in Policing Required to Address Gendered Violence Against Inuit Women – Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

OTTAWA – A report released today on the police response to gendered violence in Inuit Nunangat reveals systemic racialized policing, embedded across institutional policies and practices.  According to the report’s recommendations, moving forward will require a fundamental shift in how northern policing is carried out to address the pervasiveness and severity of the violence that […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202040 Views

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Federal day school survivors may now apply for compensation – Nunatsiaq News

15 January 2020 Agreement covers 27 federal schools in Nunavut, 11 in Nunavik If you attended a Government of Canada day school for Indigenous people, you can now apply for compensation under the $1.3-billion Federal Indian Day Schools Settlement Agreement, the federal government said on Jan. 13. The claims process opened on Monday, Jan. 13, […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202043 Views

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Longtime protest organizer Ivan Drury to lead ‘anti-RCMP checkpoint’ in Surrey on Thursday – Vancouver Sun

In the prepared statement, Drury said the protest at the RCMP E-Division’s Green Timbers Way headquarters would start with speakers, “before a more disruptive direct action.” Protesters will rally in front of the RCMP’s E-Division headquarters in Surrey on Thursday to support the continuing Wet’suwet’en blockade in Northern B.C. In a statement released on Wednesday […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202062 Views

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Chantel John remembered at ceremony in Glenwood marking anniversary of her death – CBC

John, 28, was killed in Conne River just over a year ago Jan 16, 2020 A red dress was hung in Glenwood, N.L., on Wednesday afternoon, marking one year of missing and remembering Chantel John. Representatives of the Qalipu First Nation and the Glenwood Mi’kmaq First Nation held a small remembrance ceremony outside the Qalipu […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202032 Views

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Minister Announces Queen’s Counsel Appointments

January 15, 2020 The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety is pleased to announce the province’s newest appointments to the Queen’s Counsel by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The honourary title of Queen’s Counsel recognizes senior lawyers for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. These lawyers have served a minimum […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 202076 Views

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British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal releases “transformational” report on Indigenous human rights and access to justice

Key partners commit to an action plan to transform human rights for Indigenous Peoples Download Press Release Download Backgrounder Download Report Today, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) released a report addressing serious access to justice concerns for Indigenous peoples bringing human rights complaints to the tribunal. The report, entitled Expanding our Vision: Cultural […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 2020123 Views

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Media Advisory – Legal Complaints Filed Against RCMP Exclusion Zone in Wet’suwet’en; Indigenous, Civil liberties, Human Rights & Labour Groups Condemn Exclusion Zone

January 14, 2020 VANCOUVER, Coast Salish Territories – The Union of BC Indian Chiefs, BC Civil Liberties Association, British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union, and Professor Margot Young from the UBC Allard School of Law will be speaking at a press conference at UBCIC office, 312 Main Street, 4th floor boardroom, on Wednesday January […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 202043 Views

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Update – La Ronge RCMP – Death of Sheena Billette Deemed a Homicide

January 14, 2020 Charges have been laid in the homicide investigation of 28-year-old Sheena Marie Billette of La Ronge, SK. Sheena was located seven kilometers north of La Ronge on Highway 102 on December 23, 2019. Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit South; La Ronge and Prince Albert General Investigation Sections; the Prince Albert and Tisdale Forensic Identification Sections; Prince Albert […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 202057 Views

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