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First nations get win in ongoing legal battle with RioTinto Alcan – Prince George Citizen

February 20, 2019 The stakes have been upped in an ongoing legal battle between two north-central B.C. first nations and RioTinto Alcan over the diversion of water out of the Nechako River. In a decision issued January 30, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Nigel Kent granted the Saik’uz and Stellat’en first nations permission to seek a […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 201921 Views

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Mi’kmaq Confederacy applauds court decision that recognized man’s Indigenous heritage – CBC

‘It really puts the courts [on] notice, saying that they need to consider the history of an Indigenous person’ Feb 21, 2019 The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I. is applauding a recent appeal decision that lessened the sentence of a young Indigenous man who was convicted for drug trafficking. The Prince Edward Island Court of Appeal found that a judge […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 201914 Views

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Trial of RCMP related to 2003 Shippagan riots begins – CBC

Force accused of negligence in $38 million lawsuit by owners of bankrupt fish plant Feb 20, 2019 A Moncton court has begun hearing a lawsuit against the RCMP that alleges the force didn’t do its job during the 2003 riots in Shippagan that destroyed the Daley Brothers fish plant and warehouse, several crab fishing boats and hundreds of […]

by ahnationtalk on February 20, 201924 Views

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Re-Evaluating Court options for Yukon First Nations – Alternatives Journal

REDUCING THE over incarceration of Indigenous people is an ongoing policy concern across the Territorial North. Different First Nations and jurisdictions are actively exploring different justice models to better serve the diverse needs of Indigenous communities. Nän K’alädàtth’ät: Changing Times, Continuing Ways is a new policy paper from Samantha Dawson, Jessica Black, Melaina Sheldon, Jordan […]

by ahnationtalk on February 19, 201920 Views

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Office of the Child and Youth Advocate releases videos in Indigenous languages to improve service accessibility

February 19, 2019 Edmonton…The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) has released two videos about the organization in the Blackfoot and Cree languages. These videos, which include information about what a young person can expect when they call the OCYA and how the office can help advocate on their behalf, are unique new […]

by aanationtalk on February 19, 201933 Views

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Beaver Lake Cree Nation to argue key motion in massive treaty case

Press Release FYI: The hearing schedule in the Beaver Lake Cree constitutional challenge has changed. The hearing will begin on Tuesday,, February 19, at 9 a.m. Please see amended press release below. WireService.ca Media Release (02/15/2019) Edmonton, AB on Treaty No. 6 Territory/Vancouver – From February 19 to February 21, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty […]

by ahnationtalk on February 18, 201934 Views

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Beaver Lake Cree Nation to argue key motion in massive treaty case

From February 19 to February 21, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6 will be in court arguing a key motion whose outcome may well decide the fate of a massive Treaty challenge the Nation launched in 2008. WireService.ca Media Release (02/14/2019) Edmonton, AB on Treaty No. 6 Territory/Vancouver – From February 19 to February 21, […]

by pmnationtalk on February 15, 201952 Views

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Statement – Government of Canada responds to Saskatchewan Court Hearing on Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

February 14, 2019 – Regina, Saskatchewan Today, on the conclusion of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal’s hearing on the constitutionality of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, the Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna issued the following statement: “The Government of Canada knows that we cannot afford inaction on climate change at […]

by pmnationtalk on February 15, 201921 Views

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Albertan First Nation group prepares to support federal position in carbon tax court battle – Toronto Star

Feb. 14, 2019 CALGARY—With the Saskatchewan government’s argument against the national price on pollution out of the way, the Canadian government will make the case in court Thursday that a carbon tax is justified because climate change requires national action. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal is hearing a legal battle this week over the national […]

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 201956 Views

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Federal government, environmental groups take the stand in Sask. carbon tax challenge – CBC

Sask., New Brunswick, Ontario arguing carbon tax unconstitutional Feb 14, 2019 Canada must have the latitude to address the national and international concerns posed by climate change, according to a lawyer for the federal government. “Despite Saskatchewan’s view to the contrary, the rapidly increasing accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere, the grave risks posed by […]

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 201923 Views

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The IBA Congratulates the Appointment of Jodie-Lynn Waddilove as a Judge to the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie

The IBA Congratulates the Appointment of Jodie-Lynn Waddilove as a Judge to the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (the “IBA”) celebrates the appointment of Jodie-Lynn Waddilove as a judge to the Ontario Court of Justice as of December 26, 2018, with her swearing in taking place on […]

by pmnationtalk on February 13, 201959 Views

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Carbon tax court challenge begins today – Humboldt Journal

February 13, 2019 REGINA — Lawyers are expected to pack a Regina courtroom today to argue the constitutionality of a federally imposed carbon tax. A panel of five judges is to listen to arguments from both the Saskatchewan and federal governments as well as from 16 interveners on both sides of the dispute. Saskatchewan opposes […]

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 201938 Views

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Move quickly on treaty ruling, ex-Sudbury judge says – The Sudbury Star

February 12, 2019 Retired Superior Court Justice Stephen O’Neill is pleased a former colleague ruled in favour of the Robinson-Huron Treaty Trust in its fight to have Crown annuities increased for 21 First Nations across much of Northern Ontario. But he is also hoping the Ontario government does not appeal Justice Patricia Hennessy’s decision, potentially […]

by ahnationtalk on February 12, 201974 Views

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Manitoba Implements Provincewide Block Funding in Child Welfare System

Agencies to Retain Children’s Special Allowance: Stefanson The Manitoba government is implementing a new funding approach as part of its plan to reform the child welfare system and provide stronger supports to children and families, Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced today. “Block funding will fund authorities and agencies up front to improve outcomes for children […]

by ahnationtalk on February 11, 201952 Views

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CFS agencies need to focus more on keeping families together than on apprehensions says former case worker – APTN News

February 7, 2019 Today’s InFocus was the last in a three-part series putting the child welfare system under the microscope. Natasha Reimer spent her entire life bounced from foster home to foster home when she was apprehended as a young girl from an unsafe home. While the system kept her separated from a mother who […]

by ahnationtalk on February 7, 201921 Views

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Federal Court orders DFO to make new farmed salmon transfer policy – CBC

DFO policy was to skip testing for PRV virus when issuing licence for farmed fish transfers, releases Feb 05, 2019 The Federal Court has struck down a Department of Fisheries and Oceans policy on farmed salmon, after finding that the ministry was ignoring testing for a virus when issuing licences for the transfer or release […]

by pmnationtalk on February 5, 201932 Views

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Statement from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard in regards to the Namgis Court Decision

February 4, 2019 Vancouver, British Columbia – We take the duty to consult with Indigenous groups very seriously and the Government of Canada is engaging in meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities and stakeholders to form our policy decisions. The Government of Canada understands that a strong, science-based approach to regulating the aquaculture industry is essential and […]

by ahnationtalk on February 5, 201932 Views

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BC Government: Ministry broadens hiring credentials for new frontline workers

January 31, 2019 VICTORIA – To better respond to the evolving needs of vulnerable children and families, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has expanded the educational and experiential requirements for new frontline workers, in line with recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John’s report on Indigenous child welfare. Preference will continue to be […]

by pmnationtalk on February 1, 201943 Views

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Bankrupt energy companies can’t abandon old wells, Supreme Court rules – APTN News

January 31, 2019 The Supreme Court of Canada says the trustee for a bankrupt Alberta energy company cannot simply walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up. The high court’s 5-2 ruling overturns an Alberta Court of Appeal ruling that upheld a 2016 decision in the Alberta Court of Queen’s […]

by ahnationtalk on January 31, 201954 Views

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‘They just ripped them out of my hands’: A mother shares her experience with the child welfare system on InFocus – APTN News

January 31, 2019 On the second edition of a three-part series about child and family services (CFS) on InFocus, Host Melissa Ridgen talks with parents who found themselves targets of CFS agencies and how they beat. or continue to fight they system. Stacy Owl lost her five children two years ago on the word of […]

by ahnationtalk on January 31, 201967 Views

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AER Public Statement: Supreme Court of Canada issues Decision of Redwater

Calgary, Alberta (Jan 31, 2019)… One of the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER’s) responsibilities is to protect Albertans. This duty recently took us to the highest court in Canada. The AER is steadfast in our belief that the public should not be on the hook for the closure and reclamation costs of insolvent licencees. The AER […]

by pmnationtalk on January 31, 201947 Views

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Robinson Huron Treaty First Nations disappointed by Ontario appeal notice – Manitoulin Expositor

January 30, 2019 TORONTO—The 21 First Nations communities of the Huron Robinson Treaty annuities case received the disappointing news that Ontario was reserving its right to appeal Justice Patricia Hennessey’s ruling that the province failed to increase the annuities owed to the First Nations, annuities that had not been raised since being frozen in 1874. […]

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 201944 Views

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Court rules First Nation needn’t share settlement cash with victims of discrimination – CBC

Jan 30, 2019 The Ontario Superior Court has ruled in a case that highlights the fallout from past government laws that discriminated against First Nations women. Specifically, the ruling addresses how laws that deprived Indigenous women of status if they married non-Indigenous men impacted their descendants’ rights to settlement money won from their communities’ disputes with the Crown. The […]

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 201922 Views

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Ontario appeals Robinson treaties annuities case, but open to settlement negotiations – CBC

Judge ruled that $4 yearly treaty payments were not frozen in time Jan 22, 2019 The Ontario government has filed a notice to appeal a landmark ruling on treaty annuities, even as it enters settlement negotiations with Ottawa and the First Nations involved in the case. ​The Ontario Superior Court ruled in December 2018 that annuity […]

by pmnationtalk on January 23, 201941 Views

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B.C. First Nation files Aboriginal Rights lawsuit against Canada over salmon farms in their territory – APTN News

January 19, 2019 The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome is taking legal action against Canada to remove 10 salmon farms from their traditional waters located in the Broughton Archipelago northeast of Vancouver Island. “We are standing up to say we are taking back our lands, territories and resources, said Traditional Leader Willie Moon of Dzawada’enuxw First […]

by pmnationtalk on January 21, 201955 Views

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How one B.C. community is fighting to keep Indigenous children with their families – The Globe and Mail

In the Cowichan Valley, a growing network of mothers, advocates, midwives, doctors and elected officials is trying to take a different approach to address the ‘humanitarian crisis’ of Indigenous kids in care Eleven days ago in a Winnipeg hospital, a man visiting his two-day-old great-niece saw police and social workers suddenly crowd the room. They […]

by pmnationtalk on January 21, 201976 Views

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CBC Investigates: Province changes how it counts kids in care, reports lower number than Manitoba child welfare agencies – CBC

10,776 kids in care, province says after change to how number is tallied, but agencies say total is 11,143 Jan 18, 2019 At first glance, it looks like the number of children in care in Manitoba decreased from just over 10,700 to 10,328 last year — a figure touted by the Families minister as the first decrease in […]

by pmnationtalk on January 18, 201976 Views

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Supreme Court decision means windfall for Yukon First Nations, grand chief says – CBC

Court ruling says Ottawa should fund First Nations based on citizenship, not status Jan 18, 2019 The Grand Chief of Council of Yukon First Nations is hailing this week’s ruling by the territory’s Supreme Court as a huge win. Peter Johnston says the court decision will have implications throughout the territory, and result in a significant increase in […]

by pmnationtalk on January 18, 201937 Views

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Court allows in-camera hearing related to DeBungee homicide investigation – Tbnewswatch.com

Hearing will consider deadline extension for notice of a discipline hearing . THUNDER BAY — A court has denied an application for a judicial review of a decision to hold an in-camera hearing related to potential discipline for three Thunder Bay police officers. The hearing by retired judge Lee Ferrier will determine whether a Police […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 201940 Views

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Indigenous newborn taken by authorities to be returned to family this week – The Globe and Mail

An Indigenous newborn taken from her mother just hours after birth in an apprehension broadcast live on Facebook is expected to be back home with her family later this week, an advocate for the family says. The infant has spent the five days since in an emergency placement with either a foster family or at […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 201942 Views

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BC Appeal Court gives Ottawa more time to fix solitary confinement law – Nanaimo News NOW

VANCOUVER — The Court of Appeal of British Columbia has given the federal government more time to fix its solitary confinement law after a lower court declared indefinite prisoner segregation unconstitutional. The B.C. Supreme Court ruling last January gave Ottawa a year to enact replacement legislation, and the Appeal Court has now extended the deadline […]

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 201972 Views

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Trial verdict opens door to ‘highest form of reconciliation’ says Nipissing First Nation Chief – Anishinabek News

NIPISSING FIRST NATION—Just before Christmas, an Ontario Superior Court Justice in Sudbury delivered a judgment finding for the Anishinabek in the first stage of the Robinson Huron and Superior First Nations’ case against Ontario and Canada for failing to honour their treaty. Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod heralded the verdict. “This decision sets the […]

by ahnationtalk on January 3, 201998 Views

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Historic Victory for First Nations – Court finds Constitutionally Protected Treaty Right to Resource Revenue Sharing

December 24, 2018 Sudbury, ON – Historic Victory for First Nations – Court finds Constitutionally Protected Treaty Right to Resource Revenue Sharing 168 years after signing the Robinson-Huron Treaty, the calls from former and current Anishinabek Chiefs for the Crown to fulfill its Treaty promise to share the resource revenue of the Treaty territory have […]

by pmnationtalk on January 1, 2019158 Views

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Koskie Minsky Brings Class Action against the Attorney General of Canada for the RCMP’s Use of Excessive Force against Aboriginal Persons in the Territories

TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2018 – Koskie Minsky LLP in Toronto and Cooper Regel in Edmonton have commenced a class action against the Attorney General of Canada on behalf of Aboriginal persons who were subjected to excessive force by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Nunavut, Yukon Territories and the Northwest Territories. The claim alleges […]

by ahnationtalk on December 19, 201884 Views

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AMC has solutions for inherent jurisdiction over First Nations children and families – only way to keep them safe

Treaty One Territory, MB. _ A 17-year-old girl who is only being identified as Angel was moved through 46 different foster homes before dying of an accidental overdose. Today, the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth released their investigation findings and formal recommendations to prevent future tragedies like Angel’s. “The child welfare system in Manitoba […]

by ahnationtalk on December 17, 201877 Views

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YT Government: Family enhancement team established in McIntyre

December 14, 2018 This is a joint news release with Kwanlin Dün First Nation. In partnership with Kwanlin Dün First Nation, the Government of Yukon has established a family enhancement team in the McIntyre subdivision in Whitehorse to foster reconciliation and improve outcomes for Kwanlin Dün families and children. The new six-person team includes a […]

by pmnationtalk on December 17, 201858 Views

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National Inquiry reaches milestone as Truth Gathering Process concludes

Commissioners shift focus to develop evidence-based recommendations for Final Report Ottawa, December 12, 2018 — The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will formally conclude its Truth Gathering Process this week in Ottawa, following nine days of final submissions from Parties with Standing. Including presentations made in Calgary last month, Commissioners […]

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 201883 Views

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CUPW Challenges Back to Work Legislation in Court

December 11 2018 Right to Strike Ruled a Charter Right in 2016 Ontario Superior Court Decision Ottawa – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) will file a constitutional challenge today with the Ontario Superior Court after being legislated back to work by the Liberal government two weeks ago. “You cannot legislate labour peace,” says […]

by ahnationtalk on December 11, 201882 Views

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RCYBC: Relationships Matter for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Care

December 11, 2018 Relationships Matter for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Care is a collaborative photovoice project led by Melanie Doucet, a PhD candidate at the McGill School of Social Work and a former youth in care, alongside eight former youth in care between the ages of 19 and 29 from the Greater Vancouver area. Using […]

by ahnationtalk on December 11, 201886 Views

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16 groups to intervene in Saskatchewan carbon tax court challenge – battlefordsNOW

Saskatchewan’s court challenge of the federal carbon tax is growing after a judge announced all 16 groups who applied for intervener status in the case will be allowed to make arguments. The written decision, announced Monday, said all submissions from interveners must be limited to legal arguments related to the carbon tax. The Saskatchewan government […]

by ahnationtalk on December 11, 201886 Views

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BC Representative’s Report Calls for Overhaul of System to Protect and Support Children with Special Needs

VICTORIA – The ordeal of one boy and his family shows that British Columbia’s system of services to support children with complex needs must be overhauled, says an investigative report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth. The report details the events that led to the removal of “Charlie” from his mother’s care […]

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 201896 Views

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AMC continues push to restore First Nations jurisdiction over our children and families

Treaty One Territory, MB. _ The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has been moving towards the restoration of First Nations jurisdiction over children and families through the draft Bringing Our Children Home Act. The Bringing Our Children Home Act is a Manitoba-specific federal legislation that is guided through ceremony by First Nations citizens, Elders, knowledge keepers, youth and leadership. “Manitoba has created […]

by pmnationtalk on November 30, 201898 Views

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FSIN wants to oversee child welfare after deaths and abuses of children in provincial care – APTN News

November 29, 2018 The federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) wrapped up its assembly Thursday on child welfare and declared that the child welfare system in the province needs to change and it needs to have more control over it. “Because we need grassroots, grassroots support as well, ask your band members, how we can […]

by ahnationtalk on November 30, 2018114 Views

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Contempt for courts? Critics denounce disdain for rule of law in Ontario, U.S. – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Nov 23, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS WASHINGTON _ Maybe the White House and the Pink Palace have something in common. Inside the rosy sandstone walls of the Ontario legislature, opposition critics were up in arms over a Toronto Star report in which anonymous Conservative insiders accused Dean French, Premier Doug Ford’s chief of […]

by ahnationtalk on November 23, 201882 Views

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Expert Panel Members Appointed to Advance Work of Court Challenges Program

From: Canadian Heritage GATINEAU, November 20, 2018 The Government of Canada wants to help people and groups in Canada access the justice system to assert their language rights and human rights. We are committed to strengthening and promoting Canada’s two official languages and human rights. It is important that people and groups are able to […]

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 201894 Views

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City of Thunder Bay: Court of Appeal Dismisses CN’s Motion for Stay

November 19, 2018 The Court of Appeal for Ontario has dismissed CN’s request to stay, or postpone, the court’s order made in June 2018, which required CN to reopen the James Street Bridge for vehicle traffic and maintain the bridge in accordance with the 1906 agreement. Mayor Keith Hobbs today made the following statement in […]

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 201867 Views

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Lubicon Lake Nation Responds to Premier Notley’s Settlement Announcement

Issues Still Remain Unresolved says Chief Bernard Ominayak LITTLE BUFFALO, AB, Nov. 20, 2018 – In a letter sent to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley yesterday, longtime Chief Bernard Ominayak of the Muskotew Sakahikan Enowuk which is the traditional Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation (the “Nation”), outlined a number of remaining concerns faced by the First Nation, despite a recently announced Treaty Land Entitlement […]

by pmnationtalk on November 20, 2018126 Views

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Supreme Court to hear latest challenge in dispute between Innu and Rio Tinto – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Nov 15, 2018 OTTAWA _ The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear an appeal over jurisdiction in the latest stage of a long-running effort by Innu First Nations to sue mining giant Rio Tinto. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador launched the appeal after Quebec’s highest court ruled that the Innu […]

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 201879 Views

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Supreme Court Decision: The Innu will not back down in their $900 million lawsuit against Rio Tinto (IOC)

UASHAT MAK MANI-UTENAM, QC, Nov. 15, 2018 – The Innu First Nations of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and Matimekush-Lac John are disappointed by today’s decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to agree to hear an appeal by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on the issue of the jurisdiction of Quebec Courts in respect of […]

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 2018140 Views

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Gladue principles are failing in courts how will they work in correctional system if ‘enshrined’ in law? – APTN News

November 9, 2018 The number of Indigenous people being incarcerated in this country keeps rising. That’s a phrase heard year after year. Now Indigenous people represent 29 per cent of offenders in the correctional system, a jump of two per cent over a year ago. Female offenders have kept pace, jumping from just under 38 […]

by ahnationtalk on November 9, 201896 Views

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