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Access to justice week agenda: Indigenous law, legal aid funds, big data and self-reps – Law Times

21 Oct 2019 The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) will hold its fourth access to justice week from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. A2J Week is an annual series of events that features panel discussions and workshops with experts engaged in improving access to justice. It is funded by the Law Foundation of […]

by ahnationtalk on October 22, 201920 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – Bruce McIvor

October 20, 2019 This week’s edition includes land claims, Treaty interpretation, the duty to consult, cannabis, intellectual property, UNDRIP, and more. In the News A joint legal action is underway over the right to safe drinking water. First Nations announce a coordinated legal and political campaign to confirm human right to safe drinking water – Newswire […]

by ahnationtalk on October 21, 201924 Views

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MB Government: Province Seizes Over 310,000 Contraband Cigarettes

October 18, 2019 Manitoba Finance’s Taxation Special Investigations Unit, along with members of the RCMP, the Ontario Ministry of Finance’s Compliance Branch and the Treaty Three Police Service, recently completed joint contraband tobacco enforcements at the Manitoba/Ontario provincial boundary. As a result, 52 individuals face a variety of charges under The Manitoba Tobacco Tax Act, […]

by ahnationtalk on October 20, 201919 Views

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SK Government: Government Signs Historic MOU With First Nations Toward Enforcing Laws

October 18, 2019 The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Muskoday First Nation and Whitecap Dakota First Nation to address longstanding issues with the enforcement of First Nations’ laws. As part of the MOU, a task group will consider ways First Nation laws enacted under First Nations […]

by ahnationtalk on October 20, 201926 Views

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The 2019 federal election roundup – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 17, 2019 With Canadians gearing up for the final day of voting on Monday, we’ve put together a collection of insights we’ve published over the past month or so offering some informed perspectives on the important issues of the federal election. Criminal Access to Justice: A law student’s view on why it matters | […]

by ahnationtalk on October 18, 201927 Views

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Halifax hosts annual Canadian Association of Black Lawyers conference – HalifaxToday.ca

A roster of speakers from this province and elsewhere has been put together for the conference This year in Ottawa, the Canadian Bar Association addressed diversity and inclusion in its own organization and in the legal profession. A motion was passed without debate defining diversity, as the bar association sees it, at the group’s annual […]

by ahnationtalk on October 16, 201919 Views

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The Indigenous Bar Association Call upon Canada to Uphold the CHRT Decision and Honour Its Commitment to Fund First Nations Children

The Indigenous Bar Association Call upon Canada to Uphold the CHRT Decision and Honour Its Commitment to Fund First Nations Children OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association calls upon Canada to honour its commitments to First Nation’s children. The October 4, 2019 announcement by the Attorney General of Canada to seek both a judicial […]

by pmnationtalk on October 16, 201962 Views

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Economic reconciliation presents opportunities for Indigenous lawyers and business owners – LawTimes

15 Oct 2019 There is a need for more corporate and business lawyers with Indigenous backgrounds, says Jaimie Lickers, an indigenous rights lawyer and a partner in Gowling WLG’s Hamilton office. While it may seem like litigators are “a dime a dozen,” her clients struggle to find corporate and tax lawyers, says Lickers, who made […]

by ahnationtalk on October 16, 201918 Views

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Abolishing the Indian Act means eliminating First Nations’ rights – Macleans.ca

Oct 10, 2019 Pam Palmater: The Indian Act is used as a target to deflect blame for racist decisions made by the federal government; a clever guise to force the surrender of all First Nations’ rights Pam Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of Eel River Bar First Nation. She has been a practising […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201956 Views

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NU Government: Legalization of edible cannabis, extracts and topicals

The Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NULC) advises Nunavummiut that as of October 17, 2019, edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals will be legal. Due to Health Canada’s approval process, these new cannabis products will not be available for legal purchase in Canada until mid-December 2019 at the earliest. The NULC also reminds Nunavummiut […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201962 Views

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Top legal official contradicts Higgs on duty to consult to First Nations – CBC

Deputy attorney-general says ‘the duty to consult is quite clear’ after premier called it vague Oct 11, 2019 The top official in charge of the province’s legal battles has contradicted Premier Blaine Higgs on the duty to consult Indigenous people on resource projects. Earlier this year, Higgs expressed frustration over the legal requirement for consultations, […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201924 Views

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Party platforms on crime and justice – CBA

CBA National summarizes the most relevant pledges affecting the legal profession. Lawyers know well that government decisions loom large in their impact on the community and legal profession. Justice issues are sometimes perceived as strictly related to criminal law. But an election platform can touch on many aspects of our practices, as well as influence […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201927 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – By Bruce McIvor

This week’s edition includes water rights, Treaty rights, court orders, UNDRIP, an apology and more. It was Orange Shirt Day. The list of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential school system – Globe and Mail FNLC Celebrates Orange Shirt Day to Honour Residential School Survivors | BC Assembly of First Nations Names of children who […]

by ahnationtalk on October 7, 201928 Views

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City’s new police chief on the job – Brantford Expositor

October 4, 2019 Brantford’s new police chief says it feels good to be home. It has been a hectic few days for Rob Davis, on the job since Monday, as he settles into his new role heading the 185-member force. But there’s a lot that’s familiar to Davis, Brantford’s first Indigenous police chief, who grew […]

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201936 Views

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Violation of court order in Trans Mountain appeal ‘attack on the rule of law,’ judge says – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 02, 2019 The Federal Court of Appeal has ordered one of the First Nations involved in the appeal of Canada’s most recent approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to rewrite its application for judicial review, saying it made a “serious and deliberate” violation of the order granting leave. On Sept. 4, […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201958 Views

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Permits needed to transport alcohol, cannabis in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation under new community law – CBC

New regulations follow temporary ban earlier this year following beating death of NCN man Oct 01, 2019 Anyone caught moving alcohol and cannabis without a permit within Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation could face penalities including fines or banishment, under a new community law that came into effect this week. As of Oct. 1, all community members […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201936 Views

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Firm awards two Indigenous law student scholarships – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 01, 2019 As part of its commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law announced the recipients of its first annual Indigenous Law Student Scholarship. According to the Vancouver firm’s press release, it had initially intended to award one scholarship, but in the end it couldn’t decide between the two finalists, […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201925 Views

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Meet the Recipients of our Indigenous Law Student Scholarship!

As part of our commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law is pleased to announce the recipients of our first annual Indigenous Law Student Scholarship. While we had initially intended to award one scholarship, in the end we couldn’t decide between the two finalists so decided to award them each a […]

by ahnationtalk on October 1, 201927 Views

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LSO honours Indigenous rights advocate with doctor of laws degree – The Lawyer’s Daily

September 27, 2019 The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) presented a degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa (LLD), to distinguished Indigenous advocate Delia Opekokew at its Call to the Bar ceremony on Sept. 25 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. According to the LSO’s press release, the law society awards honorary doctorates at call […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201932 Views

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Does a Federal ‘re-do’ Trigger a Provincial ‘re-do’? Recent BC Court of Appeal Decisions on Trans Mountain – Fasken

September 25, 2019 Federal and provincial approvals of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (the “Project”) have elicited many judicial challenges. Notably, in Tsleil-Waututh Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 FCA 153 (“Tsleil-Waututh”), the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the Project’s federal approval, holding that Canada had failed to adequately consult with Indigenous groups and that […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201966 Views

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Law Society presents honorary LLD to Delia Opekokew at Call to Bar ceremony

September 25, 2019 TORONTO, ON — The Law Society of Ontario presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to distinguished Indigenous advocate Delia Opekokew at its Call to the Bar ceremony today at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. The Law Society awards honorary doctorates at Call ceremonies each year to distinguished people […]

by ahnationtalk on September 25, 201938 Views

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Court examines border agent powers at Cornwall Island in unique case – Law Times

The people of Cornwall Island are the only Canadian citizens who must go through an international border when travelling from one continuous part of Canada to another A unique island in Ontario has raised legal questions about the powers of the Canada Border Services Agency at a mixed traffic corridor. The appeal decision, which is […]

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 201940 Views

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B.C. must revisit environmental certificate for Trans Mountain pipeline, Appeal Court says – The Lawyer’s Daily

September 23, 2019 In another twist in the saga surrounding the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered the provincial government reconsider its environmental certificate for the project because the assessment it was based on is no longer valid. In a pair of related decisions (Squamish Nation v. British Columbia […]

by ahnationtalk on September 23, 2019101 Views

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Law Society to award Indigenous advocate Delia Opekokew with LLD – Law Times

The Law Society of Ontario will confer an honorary doctor of laws (LLD) degree to Delia Opekokew, a distinguished Indigenous advocate. Opekokew will receive the award on Sept. 25 at the Call to the Bar ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, an announcement by the law society said. A member of the Canoe Lake […]

by ahnationtalk on September 23, 201959 Views

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New B.C. treaty policy will be as effective as political will to implement it, lawyer says – The Lawyer’s Daily

September 12, 2019 Members of the legal community in British Columbia are hailing a new policy for negotiating treaties with First Nations in the province as a step forward in advancing reconciliation, but say issues remain that could lead to complications down the road. The Recognition and Reconciliation of Rights Policy for Treaty Negotiations, which […]

by ahnationtalk on September 12, 201992 Views

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Aboriginal Legal Services Employees Join the Society of United Professionals

TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2019 – Employees of Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) are the newest group to unionize with the Society of United Professionals, IFPTE Local 160. “We’re very pleased to welcome the employees of Aboriginal Legal Services into our union,” said Scott Travers, President of the Society of United Professionals. “The Ford government’s funding cuts […]

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 201963 Views

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London woman who drowned in Grand Bend remembered as passionate lawyer – Global News

A London woman who drowned over the Civic Holiday long weekend is being remembered as a passionate lawyer who advocated for Indigenous communities. Joyce Thomas, 36, died as a result of drowning in Lake Huron at Grand Bend on Sunday, August 4. After receiving an honours degree in philosophy from Western University in 2006, Thomas […]

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 201938 Views

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Jagmeet Singh says NDP would put UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People into law – Global News

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Sunday that if elected, the party was committed to putting into law the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Read More: https://globalnews.ca/video/5874777/jagmeet-singh-says-ndp-would-put-un-declaration-on-rights-of-indigenous-people-into-law

by ahnationtalk on September 9, 201971 Views

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Indigenous people no longer have the legal right to say no to the Adani mine – here’s what it means for equality – The Conversation

Last week, the Queensland government extinguished native title over tracts of land in the Galilee Basin so the Adani coal mine could proceed. This gives Adani freehold title to the land, and means the Wangan and Jagalingou native title holders’ objections no longer have the same legal significance. But they do have moral significance, and […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 201954 Views

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Liquor restriction systems in Nunavut

September 03, 2019 The Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission reminds Nunavummiut that liquor rules vary by community. In Nunavut, communities fall under three liquor systems: prohibited, restricted or unrestricted. A prohibited system means the consumption, possession, purchase, and sale or transport of liquor is prohibited. The following communities are prohibited: Arviat, Coral Harbour, Gjoa Haven, […]

by pnationtalk on September 4, 201940 Views

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Meet the CBA’s new Vice-President – CBA National

Over the next couple of years, Brad Regehr aims to take an active and creative role in making sure the CBA fulfills its member’s needs. Winnipeg lawyer Brad Regehr has been a CBA member since he first joined as a law student in the 1990s and, after he started working as a lawyer, got involved […]

by ahnationtalk on September 3, 201962 Views

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Vivene Salmon is the new CBA President

September 03, 2019 OTTAWA – Vivene Salmon of Toronto began her year-long tenure as CBA President on Sept. 1, 2019. Salmon is the 123-year-old Association’s first president of colour, and only the second president from the in-house counsel community. She takes over from Raymond Adlington of Halifax. Brad Regehr of Manitoba takes over as Vice-President. […]

by ahnationtalk on September 3, 201941 Views

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Legal Stories of the Week – Newstalk 610 CKTB

Tim Denis Speaks with Criminal Lawyer Ari Goldkind regarding 19 million Canadians had data breached and First Nations forced to take back banished woman Read More: http://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/audio/legal-stories-of-the-week-1.9904535?mode=Article

by ahnationtalk on September 3, 201935 Views

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New Lakehead law dean: Indigenous traditions necessary in educating effective lawyers – Law Times

Lakehead University’s law school has a new leader, after its previous two appointments ended in controversy. Jula Hughes is set to start as dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law on Oct. 1, the school announced on Aug. 27. She says that the school’s mandate — Aboriginal and Indigenous law, natural resources and environmental […]

by ahnationtalk on August 28, 201973 Views

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Saskatoon employer handbook aims to boost Indigenous engagement – Globalnews.ca

August 27, 2019 A new handbook crafted by the public and private sectors is designed to help Saskatoon employers attract and retain Indigenous employees. The Indigenous Engagement Employer Handbook includes topics like “lessons learned in Indigenous hiring” and “changing your workplace culture.” Companies including Nutrien, K+S Potash and Kelly Panteluk Construction Ltd. contributed to the […]

by ahnationtalk on August 28, 201981 Views

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Amid turmoil, Lakehead University names non-Indigenous law dean – The Globe and Mail

The appointment of an Indigenous woman as the first dean of a law school in Canada was supposed to be a watershed moment for Lakehead University. But it’s been nearly 18 months since Angelique EagleWoman resigned and subsequently sued the institution, alleging systemic racism at the Thunder Bay university. Now, Lakehead’s fraught search for a […]

by ahnationtalk on August 28, 201972 Views

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Lakehead University announces new Dean of Law

August 27, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont. Lakehead University’s Interim Provost & Vice-President (Academic), Dr. David Barnett, is pleased to announce that Dr. Jula Hughes has been named as the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law’s new Dean. Dr. Hughes is currently a professor at the Faculty of Law of New Brunswick and will begin at […]

by ahnationtalk on August 27, 201965 Views

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Ottawa in talks to work out cannabis rules for First Nations territories – CBC

Aug 26, 2019 ‘They left us behind’ when Cannabis Act gave provinces and territories control over retail, says chief The federal government’s lead minister on the cannabis file has been in talks with First Nations leaders over how to carve out First Nations jurisdiction over the cannabis industry on their territories. Ottawa initially cut First […]

by ahnationtalk on August 26, 201949 Views

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Law Society of Ontario names new equity and Indigenous affairs committee members – Law Times

20 Aug 2019 The Law Society of Ontario named new members of its equity and Indigenous affairs committee this month. The benchers will play a role in creating the LSO’s policies toward equity and Indigenous affairs at a time when the current approach is under scrutiny, ahead of a key debate about the statement of […]

by ahnationtalk on August 21, 201943 Views

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H+K Experts Available for Commentary and Analysis in Lead Up to Federal Election

TORONTO, Aug. 20, 2019 – Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ public affairs experts are available for commentary and analysis in the lead up to Canada’s federal election. The team is comprised of members from across the country, from all party lines with a variety of in-depth expertise in national affairs, campaigns and digital media analysis. H+K experts are […]

by ahnationtalk on August 20, 201940 Views

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Mi’kmaw lawyer discusses split of Indigenous Affairs | APTN News

Credits: APTN News Earlier this summer the federal government passed key pieces of legislation, like the Indigenous Languages Act, and new laws around child welfare. But another important change quietly came into effect. Two new laws that officially made the split of Indigenous Affairs into two separate departments. Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and […]

by ahnationtalk on August 19, 2019192 Views

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Feds providing funding for University of Alberta initiative on indigenous law – The Lawyer’s Daily

August 19, 2019 A project at the University of Alberta aimed at the revitalization of Indigenous law and governance has received a boost from the federal government. On Aug. 14, Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti announced $134,127 in funding for the school’s Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge. The lodge, which is a […]

by ahnationtalk on August 19, 201956 Views

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Public Safety Canada: 2018 Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview

2019-08-19 This document provides a statistical overview of corrections and conditional release within a context of trends in crime and criminal justice. Preface This document provides a statistical overview of corrections and conditional release within a context of trends in crime and criminal justice. A primary consideration in producing this overview was to present general […]

by aanationtalk on August 19, 201963 Views

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Public Safety Canada: 2018 Human Trafficking Consultations Report

2019-08-16 This report breaks down the findings of the consultations by key themes identified in participants’ responses. 1. Executive Summary Following the formal evaluation of Canada’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, in effect from 2012-2016, the federal government committed to establish a National Human Trafficking Hotline and launch a consultation process to help […]

by aanationtalk on August 19, 201951 Views

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Government of Canada supports the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge and launches a Call for Proposals for the revitalization of Indigenous laws

From: Department of Justice Canada August 14, 2019 – Edmonton, Alberta – Department of Justice Canada The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of revitalizing Indigenous legal systems and the important role that Indigenous law institutes, in partnership with Indigenous communities, can play in the development, use and understanding of Indigenous laws. Today, the Honourable […]

by ahnationtalk on August 15, 201950 Views

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Canada’s prisons are failing – CBA National

Deteriorating conditions are at a crisis point. It will take something radical to get the government to act. It has been more than 80 years since a government-ordered report into the conditions inside Canada’s prisons recommended nothing less than “radical change.” That study, spearheaded by Justice Joseph Archambault, laid the framework for our modern prisons. […]

by ahnationtalk on August 12, 201977 Views

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The IBA Honours the Life of Joyce Thomas

August 11, 2019 It is with much sadness that the Indigenous Bar Association announces the tragic passing of Joyce Thomas.   Ms. Thomas was a member of the Kettle Point First Nation, which is located southwest of Ipperwash, Ontario.   She was a dedicated advocate for First Nation peoples and admired by her clients, colleagues, friends and […]

by pnationtalk on August 12, 201962 Views

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Nunavut law program gets federal help for hands-on legal experience – Nunatsiaq News

12 August, 2019 Money will help pay for a legal clinic in Iqaluit The Nunavut Law School has a new pot of money to help its students gain hands-on legal experience. David Lametti, the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, confirmed July 28 that Ottawa will provide $341,600 more through the Justice Partnership […]

by ahnationtalk on August 12, 201950 Views

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WCEL: Canada exceeds international commitments in marine protection, ahead of 2020 deadline

OTTAWA — The Canadian government has surpassed its commitment to protect at least 10 per cent of its oceans before 2020. This achievement is the result of significant collaboration between Indigenous communities, the Canadian government, conservation organizations, communities and industries. The David Suzuki Foundation, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Ecology Action Centre, West Coast Environmental […]

by aanationtalk on August 8, 201951 Views

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We’ve been stranded on this man-made island for the past 100 years’ – Macleans.ca

A thoughtless decision that cut off Shoal Lake 40 First Nation from the outside world a century ago is finally set right with the opening of Freedom Road Aug 7, 2019 Amik means beaver in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Anishinaabe and of the 289 residents living on the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation—a number […]

by ahnationtalk on August 7, 201982 Views

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