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NAN and Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto to Participate in Public Inquiry


THUNDER BAY, ON Monday August 20, 2007: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler together with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST) Executive Director Kimberly Murray announced today their joint standing in a public inquiry into Ontario’s pediatric pathology system as granted by Justice Stephen Goudge Friday.

“There has been silence for too long regarding the inadequacy of investigations into the deaths of children in NAN communities – this standing gives us a voice,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler who’s responsible for the justice portfolio at NAN – an Aboriginal political organization representing 49 First Nation communities across Ontario.

by NationTalk on August 21, 20071668 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for August 15th, 2007

You may be curious as to what happens after the Opt Out deadline passes. The settlement indicates that if less than 5,000 eligible CEP recipients Opt Out then the claims process may begin. If, however, 5,000 or more eligible CEP recipients Opt Out then Canada may cancel the settlement in its entirety. If the claims process commences after the Opt Out period ends, those persons who are listed in the Notice Administrator’s database will automatically receive a claim form in the mail sometime after September 19th, 2007. Please check back next week for more information.

The next status update will be available on August 22nd, 2007.

by NationTalk on August 15, 20071113 Views

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Students Help Communities Decode the Law

Thursday, August 9, 2007

About a dozen University of Manitoba law students have developed an innovative project that provides legal information to Aboriginal people in Manitoba who were in the residential school system.

All summer students have been volunteering their time and expertise traveling to Manitoba reserves and giving free information workshops on the federal government’s Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

by NationTalk on August 14, 20071494 Views

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Terms Of Reference Announced In Frank Paul Inquiry

For Immediate Release
Aug. 10, 2007

Ministry of Attorney General
and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism

Backgrounder(s) & FactSheet(s): Backgrounder

VICTORIA – Terms of reference for a public inquiry into the 1998 death of Frank Joseph Paul were released today by Attorney General Wally Oppal.

Paul, a New Brunswick Mi’Kmaq, was found dead in a Vancouver Downtown Eastside alley Dec. 6, 1998, after being released from police custody.

by NationTalk on August 13, 20071188 Views

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Platinex Land Use Dispute with First Nation Featured in Globe and Mail Article

An August 8, 2007 article in The Globe and Mail (“A judicial magic key opens land use talks”) discusses the creative approach recently adopted by a court to deal with the competing rights and interests of Platinex, a junior exploration company, and the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (KI) respecting land near the KI reserve at Big Trout Lake, Ontario.

Mr. Justice George Smith of the Superior Court of Ontario made an order that gave the court “a unique role as a kind of referee overseeing a consultation protocol that set conditions for Platinex, the KI and even the Ontario government to allow limited exploration to proceed almost immediately.”

by NationTalk on August 8, 20072597 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for August 8th, 2007

This update is only for persons who have residential schools litigation going on in Quebec. If you want to get benefits from the settlement, then you must stop your lawsuit before August 20th, 2007 or else you will be automatically removed from this settlement and you won’t get any payment from this settlement. Please check with your lawyer right away as the Notice Administer cannot provide legal advice.

The next status update will be available on August 15th, 2007.

by NationTalk on August 8, 20071123 Views

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Aboriginal Lawyer Has Tons of Work but Trouble Attracting New Lawyers To Firm

Written by Helen Burnett
Tuesday, 07 August 2007

While lawyer Susan Hare’s practice may be based in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island, all of Ontario is her community, she told Law Times while recently travelling to represent a client in a different part of the province.

Susan Hare says you have to get out there and be part of the community.From the first day she became a lawyer in the mid-1990s, Hare has been practising in her community, the result, she says, of a very clear vision from the time she was in law school.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071424 Views

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Shawn Brant’s Bail Review on Prisoner Justice Day

Message from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

(Tyendinaga MT): On Friday August 10th, lawyers Peter Rosenthal & Howard Morton will be arguing a bail review for Mohawk activist Shawn Brant. Shawn was denied bail on July 5th on charges from the June 29th Aboriginal Day of Action relating to the closure of the CN main line, a provincial highway and the 401.

August 10th is also Prisoner Justice Day. The roots of Prisoner Justice Day date back to August 10th, 1975, when inmates at Millhaven Institution refused to eat or work in memory of another inmate who had died in segregation the year before. Since then it has spread nationally and internationally as a day to acknowledge those who have died inside prison walls and those who have fought for the very few basic human rights that prisoners currently have.

by NationTalk on August 1, 20071132 Views

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Residential Schools Settlement Update for August 1st, 2007

The Opt Out deadline is August 20th, 2007. To remove yourself from the settlement, you must send in an Opt Out Form. You may obtain an Opt Out form by calling 1-866-879-4913 or by visiting the website at www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca. An Opt Out form was also enclosed in the Residential Schools Settlement Notice Update package, which you may have received by mail or at a community Outreach meeting. You must mail your Opt Out Form postmarked by August 20th, 2007 to Residential Schools Opt Outs, Suite 3-505, 133 Weber St North in Waterloo, ON N2J 3G9. If you Opt Out, that means you will not get any settlement payment – no CEP and no IAP money. You will not be bound by anything that happens in this settlement. Your only option will be to sue the Government or the Churches on your own. You may want to check with a lawyer before deciding to Opt Out.

The next status update will be available on August 8th, 2007.

by NationTalk on August 1, 20071928 Views

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Northern First Nation Takes DFO to Court Over Salmon Mismanagement

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(July 26, 2007) – Chiefs from the Gitanyow First Nation went to Federal Court in Vancouver today to file for a judicial review of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) 2007 Skeena River fisheries plan, which they say infringes on their aboriginal rights.

At issue is the sockeye run spawning in the Kitwanga River, a tributary of the Skeena River north of Smithers. The Gitanyow say DFO’s mixed-stock commercial fishery at the mouth of the Skeena has prevented recovery of the Kitwanga run which has declined to less than 10 percent of historic abundance.

by NationTalk on July 27, 20071896 Views

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