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Rights Before We Talk Reconciliation: Reporting on Indigenous Issues in Canada

Credits: Western University Published on Mar 23, 2018 Uploaded by: FIMS – The 2018 Clissold Lecture, presented by Tanya Talaga, award-winning Toronto Star journalist, and author of Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City.

by pmnationtalk on April 19, 201864 Views

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Indigenization at the Faculty of Law – Thompson Rivers University

Credits: Thompson Rivers University Published on Apr 16, 2018 The Coyote Project is about implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action—particularly the elimination of educational and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians and new Aboriginal education legislation with the full consent and participation of Aboriginal peoples. https://www.tru.ca/coyote

by pmnationtalk on April 17, 201885 Views

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The two parts of R. v. Gladue – Advocate Daily

We all know that Aboriginal offenders are grossly over-represented in the Canadian criminal justice system. R. v. Gladue was released by the Supreme Court of Canada almost 20 years ago. Every defence lawyer has, at one time or another, made Gladue submissions on a sentencing hearing. We have specialized courts. We have knowledgeable crowns and […]

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 201841 Views

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MMIWG inquiry process needs to improve – Law Times

April 16, 2018 Last month, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls requested a two-year extension and up to $50 million in order to complete its mandate. The federal government established the MMIWG inquiry in September 2016 after decades of activism by Indigenous women’s organizations to raise the alarm about the […]

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 201838 Views

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Guide to legalization predicts home grown pot will be biggest municipal headache – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 16, 2018 By Joan Bryden THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA _ Municipalities will have to grapple with a host of thorny issues once recreational cannabis is legalized in Canada _ but it’s the matter of home-grown marijuana plants that’s expected to cause them the biggest headaches. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has developed […]

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 201840 Views

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Recapture of inmate from Buffalo Sage Wellness House

From: Correctional Service Canada April 12, 2018 – Edmonton, Alberta – Correctional Service Canada At approximately 2:40 p.m. on April 9, 2018, inmate Meagan Young was apprehended by the Edmonton Police Service. This inmate had been unlawfully at large from the Buffalo Sage Wellness House, a facility managed by Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA), […]

by ahnationtalk on April 12, 201829 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – First Peoples Law

April 8, 2018 Once again, the Kinder Morgan pipeline met civil disobedience. Hundreds rally outside Trudeau fundraiser in downtown Vancouver Festering pipeline battle appears likely to explode in coming days Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Naomi Klein join Kinder Morgan protests This is a good piece from Pam Palmater on the criminalization of the Aboriginal right […]

by ahnationtalk on April 9, 201837 Views

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Canada could be held responsible for band’s pre-Confederation claim – Law Times

In early days of colony, of British Columbia, settlers displaced WL Indian Band (“band”) from site of its village and surrounding lands (“village lands”). When British Columbia joined Confederation in 1871, under Terms of Union, Canada assumed responsibility for creation of Indian reserves according. In 1881, alternate lands were allotted to band. Parliament established Specific […]

by ahnationtalk on April 9, 201847 Views

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More transparency needed on good character – Law Times

April 9, 2018 Lawyers are calling on the Law Society of Ontario to confirm whether it considers systemic factors when determining whether Indigenous candidates meet the “good character” requirement to become a lawyer. A group of lawyers and legal scholars has submitted a motion to the LSO’s annual general meeting, asking the regulator to review […]

by ahnationtalk on April 9, 201833 Views

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Indigenous Bar Association Congratulates Two New Indigenous Judge Appointments in Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) celebrates two outstanding female Métis lawyers who were appointed as judges in the Province of Saskatchewan on March 23rd. Mary McAuley to the Provincial Court in La Ronge and Natasha Crooks to the Provincial Court in Saskatoon. Judge McAuley is Métis from Cumberland House in Northern Saskatchewan […]

by pmnationtalk on March 28, 201866 Views

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First-ever Indigenous-led Summit to Focus on Moving Past The Indian Act

THUNDER BAY, ON (March 26, 2018): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Osgoode Hall Law School Dean Lorne Sossin announced today that they will bring together leaders to create a plan for moving beyond the Indian Act. “Creating a new relationship with our federal Treaty partner is complex and is missing a […]

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 201878 Views

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New Indigenous court receives high praise from BC Attorney General – My Prince George Now

The new Indigenous court in Prince George is here following Friday’s opening ceremony. The court will focus on rehabilitation and giving fairer representation for Indigenous persons, with Lheidli T’enneh elders being involved in the final decisions. “To have elders involved in the process, to have recognition of some of the legacy of colonization, and how […]

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 201847 Views

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A modest proposal concerning bias in the jury system – The Lawyer’s Daily

March 23, 2018 Gerald Stanley was acquitted in the killing of Colten Boushie by a North Battleford, Sask., jury. Boushie’s family and others believe this to be an unjust result. Along with being disappointed by the verdict, they have raised concerns about the jury selection process and, in particular, they believe that potential Indigenous jurors […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 201857 Views

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Aboriginal Lands – Lease – The Lawyer’s Daily

Appeal by the lessor from an award of damages for eviction of the lessee. In 1995, the respondent leased from the appellant 2,000 acres of hunting grounds for the purpose of operating a hunt club business. The respondent stopped paying rent in 2005 on the basis that he was drawing down the capital improvement credit […]

by ahnationtalk on March 22, 201843 Views

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The (Québec) Ombudsperson speaks out against the detention conditions of people serving an intermittent sentence

QUÉBEC CITY, March 21, 2018 – Today the Québec Ombudsman released an investigation report on the consequences of the rise in intermittent sentences in Québec’s correctional facilities. This increase exacerbates the problem of overcrowding in many facilities, especially on Saturdays and Sundays. The situation not only adversely affects the safety and detention conditions of those […]

by aanationtalk on March 21, 201877 Views

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Manitoba Metis Federation Congratulates Yvonne Boyer on Senate Appointment

Winnipeg, MB – Today Dr. Yvonne Boyer, a Metis Nation Citizen, was appointed as an independent Senator to fill a vacancy in Ontario. On behalf of the Metis Nation’s Manitoba Metis Community, President David Chartrand and the Caucus of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) offer sincere congratulations to Dr. Boyer. “We are incredibly proud of […]

by aanationtalk on March 21, 201860 Views

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BR Mba Cannabis Law – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Mar 21, 2018 WINNIPEG – When recreational marijuana becomes legal later this year, about the only place Manitobans will be able to smoke it is at home. The Progressive Conservative government has introduced a bill that would forbid people from smoking or vaping cannabis in almost all public areas. That […]

by ahnationtalk on March 21, 201855 Views

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The Indigenous Bar Association congratulates Yvonne Boyer on her appointment to the Senate.

Senator Boyer is the first Indigenous person appointed to the Red Chamber to represent the Province of Ontario. Senator Boyer is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario with ancestral roots in the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and the Red River. A lawyer and scholar, Boyer has spent much of her career working on improving […]

by aanationtalk on March 20, 201845 Views

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The Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) will continue to seek justice for Cindy Gladue in light of the Supreme Court of Canada Decision

Edmonton/Toronto – The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision today to grant Bradley Barton leave to appeal the ABCA decision ordering a new trial in R. v. Barton. Given the strong and unanimous decision of the ABCA, IAAW and LEAF are surprised by the decision to grant leave. We will work together to press […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 201891 Views

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Ontario Police Street Checks Review to hold a public consultation in Hamilton, Ajax and Markham this week

TORONTO, March 19, 2018 – The Honourable Justice Michael H. Tulloch, who is reviewing Ontario’s Regulation 58/16 on police street checks, also known as carding, will hold public consultations this week in Hamilton, Ajax and Markham. The schedule and locations: Tuesday, March 20th, Hamilton Central Public Library, 55 York Blvd. Wednesday, March 21st, Ajax Community […]

by aanationtalk on March 19, 201868 Views

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Escape from Buffalo Sage Wellness House

March 18, 2018 – Edmonton, Alberta – Correctional Service Canada On March 18, 2018, during the 1:45 a.m count, staff members at the Buffalo Sage Wellness House, a facility managed by Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA), discovered that Megan Young and Beverly Bolin-Wohlgemuth were not accounted for. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) immediately […]

by pmnationtalk on March 19, 201856 Views

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Blood Tribe police arrest common law couple for trafficking fentanyl in Standoff – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 16, 2018 STANDOFF, Alta. _ A common-law couple has been arrested for trafficking fentanyl in a southern Alberta First Nation that declared a state of emergency after a spike in overdoses earlier this month. The Blood Tribe arrested and charged 40-year-old Fernando Morning Owl and 35-year-old Olivia Bull Calf, both of the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 16, 201889 Views

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No Crown appeal in farm shooting not surprising: Smith – Advocate Daily

While the acquittal of a Saskatchewan farmer in the shooting death of an aboriginal man is part of an emotionally charged case that has raised issues that society should face, the Crown’s decision not to appeal the verdict isn’t entirely surprising, Toronto criminal lawyer David Smith tells AdvocateDaily.com. “The threshold for a Crown appeal is […]

by ahnationtalk on March 15, 201882 Views

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Lawyer seeking injunction says B.C. protesters bent on stopping Trans Mountain – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 14, 2018  By Camille Bains THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER _ Social media posts suggest anti-pipeline activists are determined to continue blockades at two terminals in Burnaby, B.C., as they cause more irreparable harm to the Trans Mountain project, says a lawyer seeking a permanent injunction against the protests. Maureen Killoran told B.C. […]

by ahnationtalk on March 15, 201859 Views

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Pay Transparency Legislation Introduced – Slaw.ca

On March 6, 2018, the Ontario government tabled Bill 203, Pay Transparency Act, 2018 to close the wage gap between women and men in the province by imposing significant obligations and restrictions on employers relating to the disclosure of information about the compensation of employees and prospective employees. The government says it will spend up […]

by ahnationtalk on March 15, 201854 Views

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Crown won’t appeal acquittal of accused in Tina Fontaine case – Advocate Daily

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Justice says the Crown will not appeal the acquittal of a man who was accused of killing 15-year-old Tina Fontaine. The Crown says in a statement that only errors in law can be appealed when someone is found not guilty. “After a critical review … by the Manitoba Prosecution Service’s appeal unit […]

by ahnationtalk on March 14, 201854 Views

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Law Society announces 2018 award recipients

TORONTO, March 12, 2018 – Members of Ontario’s legal professions will be recognized for their exceptional career achievements and contributions to their communities at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony on May 23, 2018, at Osgoode Hall. “The Law Society is very proud and pleased to celebrate the achievements of these 10 exceptional legal professionals,” […]

by ahnationtalk on March 12, 201875 Views

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NWAC Supports MMIWG Inquiry’s Request For Extension

NWAC SUPPORTS MMIWG INQUIRY’S REQUEST FOR EXTENSION March 6, 2018 OTTAWA – ON – First and foremost, NWAC stands with survivors of violence and with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in solidarity – your strength, courage, and truth push us to keep working for meaningful change. On September 1st of […]

by pmnationtalk on March 7, 201852 Views

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Indigenous issues: Canada still has a lot to do according to Amnesty International | APTN News

Credits: APTN News Published on Feb 7, 2018 Despite many promises and a positive tone – when it comes to Indigenous issues, Canada still has a lot of work to do according to a new report from Amnesty International. Alex Neve is Amnesty’s Secretary General for Canada. He joins APTN National News from Ottawa to […]

by pmnationtalk on March 5, 2018265 Views

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Retired Crown calls for overhaul of Quebec justice system to better serve Indigenous communities – CBC

Justice minister proud to have appointed Quebec’s 1st Indigenous judge but admits province must do more Mar 04, 2018 Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée cites the appointment of the first Indigenous judge in Quebec as one of her political accomplishments. But in a province where more than 182,000 people identify as Aboriginal, Judge Mark Philippe, who […]

by ahnationtalk on March 5, 201888 Views

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Justin Trudeau promises Indigenous people more rights

Credits: The National Published on Feb 14, 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised Indigenous people more rights in Canada, as part of a rethinking of how the federal government approaches the subject. Trudeau spoke of working with Indigenous partners to develop a new legal framework to fast-track self-governance for various groups. Welcome to The […]

by pmnationtalk on March 4, 2018257 Views

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Law Society appoints Marilyn Marshall as new Complaints Resolution Commissioner

Toronto – March 1, 2018: The Law Society of Ontario has appointed Marilyn Marshall as its new Complaints Resolution Commissioner. Ms. Marshall will serve a two-year term, beginning on April 1, 2018. “We are very pleased to have Ms. Marshall serve as the Law Society’s Complaints Resolution Commissioner,” says Law Society Treasurer Paul Schabas. “Ms. […]

by ahnationtalk on March 2, 201895 Views

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MNO Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council builds relationship with OPP – MNO

On Jan. 23, 2018, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council (HSSMMC) met with members of the Ontario Provincial Police Provincial Liaison Team. The team made a presentation to the council, providing information about its function and duties. The liaison team provides a different approach to policing, ranging from relationship […]

by ahnationtalk on February 27, 201869 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report February 25, 2018 – First Peoples Law

February 25, 2018 In the News Another painful trial decision from the prairies. Winnipeg march to honour Tina Fontaine calls for change to protect Indigenous youth Indigenous leaders call for change after ‘all the systems’ failed Tina Fontaine Tina Fontaine’s story shows there is no real justice for Indigenous people in Canada Up to us […]

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 201873 Views

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Alberta RCMP say shooting happened when rural homeowner confronted suspects – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 25, 2018 OKOTOKS, Alta. _ RCMP in Alberta have taken a rural homeowner into custody after a shooting that police allege happened when he confronted two people rummaging through his vehicles. Police say members from their detachment in Okotoks were called to the property at around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday. They say […]

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 201877 Views

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Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law hosting Aboriginal Justice Systems Conference

February 22, 2018 – Thunder Bay, ON The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is hosting an Aboriginal Justice Systems Conference on Friday, March 2 from 9 am to 4 pm in the third floor auditorium at PACI. Please join us for this informative and timely event on justice forums for Aboriginal Peoples. Presentations will be […]

by ahnationtalk on February 23, 2018105 Views

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Indigenous Bar Association Seeks Immediate Protection of All Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Bar Association Seeks Immediate Protection of All Indigenous Peoples OTTAWA – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) today expressed its outrage with the systemic racism within the justice system, particularly the jury selection process that allowed injustices to go unanswered in the death of Colten Boushie. The IBA also expresses its sincere condolences to the […]

by ahnationtalk on February 23, 2018129 Views

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Crown’s ‘very thin case’ against Raymond Cormier made conviction unlikely, lawyers say – CBC

Charged with 2nd-degree murder in death of Tina Fontaine, 15, Cormier was acquitted by jury Thursday Feb 23, 2018 While the acquittal of Raymond Cormier on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine shocked many people, legal experts say there wasn’t much else the jury could do. “This was a very […]

by ahnationtalk on February 23, 201875 Views

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Senator Murray Sinclair receives the 2018 CBA President’s Award

OTTAWA – The Canadian Bar Association is pleased to announce that Senator Murray Sinclair is the recipient of its 2018 President’s Award. The award recognizes his exceptional contribution to the legal profession and the public life of Canada. Senator Murray Sinclair was the Chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was […]

by aanationtalk on February 22, 201861 Views

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World’s first Indigenous law degree to be offered at UVic

February 21, 2018 A new law program at the University of Victoria is the world’s first to combine the intensive study of both  Indigenous and non-Indigenous law, enabling people to work fluently across the two realms. Students will graduate with two professional degrees, one in Canadian Common Law (Juris Doctor or ‘JD’) and one in […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2018121 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report February 18, 2018 – First Peoples Law

In the News National and international attention turned to Canada’s long history and current reality of violence and racism. Colten Boushie and our insidious white privilege 5 years on, Ontario’s plan to get more Indigenous people on juries a work in progress Opinion | A Killing in Saskatchewan Canada’s Trayvon Martin moment The real “justice” […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 201876 Views

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New legal framework for indigenous peoples means ‘sweeping’ legislative changes – Canadian Lawyer

February 15, 2018 Perhaps in keeping with its professed goal of reconciliation with Canada’s aboriginal people, the federal government chose Valentine’s Day to announce the creation of a new legal framework for the rights of indigenous peoples in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in the House of Commons yesterday that the government of Canada […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 201861 Views

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Indigenous Bar Association Optimistic For National Engagement on the Recognition of Indigenous Rights Legal Framework

INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION OPTIMISTIC FOR NATIONAL ENGAGEMENT ON THE RECOGNITION OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS LEGAL FRAMEWORK OTTAWA – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) wishes to express its optimism with the announcement made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on February 14, 2018 to implement necessary reform in the federal government’s relationship with Indigenous people. We remain optimistic […]

by pmnationtalk on February 19, 2018150 Views

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Saving the Specific Claims Tribunal – First Peoples Law

February 15, 2018 There are two general categories of negotiated claims in Canada: comprehensive claims which include Aboriginal title, rights and self-government; and specific claims, which are based on specific historical wrongs done to First Nations. This week, the federal government announced it will replace the existing the comprehensive claims process. Two weeks ago, the […]

by ahnationtalk on February 15, 201874 Views

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Cuthand: With the not-guilty verdict in the Stanley trial, we continue to live in a deeply flawed society – Ottawa Citizen

Gerald Stanley has been found not guilty in the killing of Colten Boushie but the there are no heroes or a no white knight — only people caught up in a tragic series of events, writes Doug Cuthand. February 10, 2018 Gerald Stanley has been found not guilty in the killing of Colten Boushie but […]

by pmnationtalk on February 12, 2018100 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – First Peoples Law

February 11, 2018 In our update this week: pipelines, new federal review processes, a murder-trial verdict that shock the country and much more. In the News A Saskatchewan verdict triggered an outpouring of anger, resentment and frustration across the country. The Gerald Stanley verdict is a blow to reconciliation—and a terrifying one at that ‘We […]

by pmnationtalk on February 12, 2018113 Views

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Political commentary on court verdicts hurts views of justice system: lawyers – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Feb 11, 2018 By Linda Givetash THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER _ The public perception of political interference in criminal trials places the independence of Canada’s judiciary system at risk, lawyers say. Concerns have been raised following federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s comments on the acquittal of a white farmer charged in the death […]

by pmnationtalk on February 12, 201884 Views

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Families Begin 150 km Winter Walk for Second MMIWG Inquiry in Northern Saskatchewan

FAMILIES BEGIN 150 KM WINTER WALK FOR SECOND MMIWG INQUIRY IN NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN February 9, 2018 – Ottawa, ON Family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls from Northern Saskatchewan are in Saskatoon today to participate in a walk from the capital city, northward into Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The purpose of the walk […]

by pmnationtalk on February 9, 2018111 Views

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Everyone a Winner with Williams Lake Band Victory, Says Chief – TheTyee.ca

More than 150 years after settlers stole their village, the band finally receives justice. The Supreme Court of Canada’s reinstatement of a tribunal ruling that the Williams Lake Indian Band is owed federal government compensation for the theft of its village 150 years ago is “very good news” for everyone, says the band’s chief. “All […]

by pmnationtalk on February 8, 201883 Views

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Statement from National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Second Reading of Bill 262, An Act to Harmonize Canada’s laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Statement from National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Second Reading of Bill 262, An Act to Harmonize Canada’s laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples February 8, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde released the following statement following the second reading of Bill 262 – […]

by pmnationtalk on February 8, 2018164 Views

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