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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, 201911 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, 201914 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, 201928 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 […]

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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 […]

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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, 201921 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, 201922 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, 201947 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, 201930 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 […]

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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, 201925 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, 201941 Views

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Bringing together the Queen’s and Indigenous communities – Queens U

A gift from David Sharpe, Law’95, will bring a highly respected Indigenous scholar to Queen’s to lead a new program to promote reconciliation and Indigenous cultures on campus. Sharpe, a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, made a $250,000 donation to fund the Indigenous Knowledge Initiative, a three-year program that will integrate […]

by ahnationtalk on August 2, 201926 Views

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For Victims the Pain Doesn’t End when they escape the Grips of Human Trafficking

For Victims the Pain Doesn’t End when they escape the Grips of Human Trafficking Jessica Desmond Solomon – Aanii, my Spirit Name is Aki-Kwe (Earth Women). I am a First Nation woman from the Robinson Huron Treaty. As a young girl I was a victim of being targeted into Human Trafficking (HT) in Toronto, Canada’s […]

by pmnationtalk on July 30, 2019153 Views

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Family rejects RCMP apology for poor investigation into Indigenous woman’s disappearance and death

Credits: The Canadian Press The commanding officer of the RCMP in Alberta has apologized for how the force handled the 2010 disappearance and death of Amber Tuccaro, whose body was found in the bush around Edmonton two years after she got into the car of an unknown man for a ride into the city. But […]

by ahnationtalk on July 29, 2019150 Views

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University of Saskatchewan’s Nunavut Law Program gets $341K in federal funds – The Lawyer’s Daily

July 29, 2019 Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti on July 29 announced funding for the University of Saskatchewan Nunavut Law Program at the Nunavut Arctic College, a legal education program designed to increase the number of practising lawyers in Nunavut and to improve access to justice for Nunavummiut. According to […]

by ahnationtalk on July 29, 201947 Views

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Government of Canada supports Nunavut Law Program to increase access to justice and address the need for more practicing lawyers in Nunavut

From: Department of Justice Canada July 28, 2019 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – Department of Justice Canada For a well-functioning justice system, our legal professionals must understand regional and cultural contexts in the regions where they practice law. This is why providing access to legal education is important from coast to coast to coast. Today, the […]

by ahnationtalk on July 29, 201979 Views

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Maxime Ménard joins the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance Board of Directors

MONTREAL, QC – July 24, 2019 – The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) and Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited are pleased to announce the June 2019 appointment of Maxime Ménard, President and CEO of Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited to the CCGG Board of Directors. Mr. Ménard is serving on both the Public Policy and Finance/Audit committees. Mr. […]

by pnationtalk on July 24, 201929 Views

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Webinar: Property Transfer Tax Under the FMA

In the above webinar, FNTC Legal Counsel Marie Potvin breaks down property transfer tax under the FMA into seven essential topics, including defining PTT, provincial regimes, PTT under the FMA, implementation, administrative requirements, law development and next steps. Below are some highlights. What is PTT? PTT is a tax that is levied each time a […]

by aanationtalk on July 22, 201975 Views

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Law community reflects on Indigenous leader Susie Jones – CBC

Jones was a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights Jul 18, 2019 Susie Jones, a member of the Walpole Island First Nation, is remembered by Windsor’s law community as a staunch advocate for Indigenous rights, as well as an advocate for Indigenous representation in the legal field. Though she wasn’t a lawyer herself, Jones sat on […]

by ahnationtalk on July 18, 201945 Views

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Working with Indigenous communities: eight questions you need to answer – Canadian Forest Industries

July 15, 2019 Whether you are a business, municipality, financial institution, or investor involved in some aspect of mining, forestry, energy, transportation, or many other fields and you intend to undertake activities on “Crown Land,” and in some cases, private land, you will need to consider the rights and interests of Indigenous people and you […]

by ahnationtalk on July 16, 201956 Views

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Opioid-related death statistics released in new Alberta Health study – CTV News

July 9, 2019 A new study from Alberta Health hopes to shed light on the number of opioid-related deaths in the province. The report defines opioid-related deaths as those caused by using drugs such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, carfentanil and heroin. The latest review looks at 653 deaths across Alberta in 2017. According to […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201929 Views

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Pros, cons of making cannabis record suspension automatic – The Lawyer’s Daily

July 09, 2019 Legalization of cannabis has left those with past cannabis possession charges in an unfair situation. There have been numerous attempts to address this issue. Recently, the government of Canada introduced Bill C-93 which proposes to allow Canadians who have been previously convicted only of simple cannabis possession to apply for a record […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201923 Views

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Creators of novel Gladue database hope it becomes widely used after free access – The Lawyer’s Daily

July 08, 2019 A database for researching Gladue principles in Saskatchewan is now free and open to all, and those behind the first-of-its-kind initiative are hoping such a thing will catch on in other jurisdictions. In what started May 2018 as a subscription-based online resource, the Gladue Rights Research Database now has open access through […]

by ahnationtalk on July 9, 201990 Views

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CSIS welcomed energy industry info about alleged threats, documents show – APTN News

July 8, 2019 The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) routinely welcomed reports from the energy industry about perceived threats, and kept such information in its files in case it might prove useful later, newly disclosed documents reveal. Canada’s spy agency is supposed to retain only information that is “strictly necessary” to do its job, and […]

by ahnationtalk on July 9, 201947 Views

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The IBA Congratulates the Métis on the Signing of Historic Self-Government Agreements with Canada

The IBA Congratulates the Métis on the Signing of Historic Self-Government Agreements with Canada OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (the “IBA”) congratulates the Métis Nation of Alberta, the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan, and the Métis Nation of Ontario on the signing of historic Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements with the Government of Canada on […]

by pmnationtalk on July 9, 201964 Views

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Secret Documents from Spying Complaint Reveal CSIS Kept Tabs on Community Groups and Protestors, says Human Rights Group

July 8, 2019 Thousands of pages of heavily-redacted documents suggest CSIS gathered information on the peaceful protest activities of Indigenous peoples and environmentalists VANCOUVER — xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish) & səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Territories (July 8, 2019) — Today, the Britishz Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) published thousands of pages of heavily-redacted documents disclosed by the […]

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Media Advisory: Spying on Protestors – Press Conference Announcing Release of Secret Documents from CSIS Spying Complaint

On Monday, July 8, 2019, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) will be publishing a trove of heavily-redacted documents disclosed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) regarding the alleged spying on peaceful protest and organizing activities of Indigenous groups and environmentalists who were opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project. The documents […]

by pnationtalk on July 8, 201973 Views

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Ontario to hold second licence lottery for cannabis stores – The Law Times

04 Jul 2019 The Ontario Government will hold a second lottery round to determine the recipients of licences for new private cannabis retail stores in the province. Up to 50 licences for new stores will be awarded — 42 will be drawn through the lottery, while eight will be located on First Nations reserves on […]

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 201945 Views

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From Bad to Worse on Mining: Groups Urge B.C. Government to Reform Outdated Laws

(Victoria/Vancouver, B.C.) As Taseko Mines once again attempts to force its way with an injunction to start drilling in Tŝilhqot’in ancestral territory at Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) without the consent of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation, a broad network of citizens, experts, and environmental organizations are calling for urgent reform of BC’s outdated mining laws. The new network, launched […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201955 Views

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Quebec police investigate death of Nunavik infant – Nunatsiaq News

4 July, 2019 Toddler was fatally mauled by a sled dog, residents say Quebec police are investigating the weekend death of a Nunavik infant. Provincial police, the Sûreté du Québec, were called into the community of Kangiqsujuaq last weekend to look into the death of a one-year-old boy. Community members say the young boy was […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201949 Views

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Indigenous Women and Girls report: What every lawyer can do | Alana Robert – The Lawyer’s Daily

July 03, 2019 During my first week of law school, I heard an impassioned speech from Cree scholar Jeffery Hewitt during a mandatory session for first-year students. The lecture was on the relationship between the Canadian state and Indigenous peoples. Naturally, a central aspect of this lecture addressed the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls […]

by ahnationtalk on July 3, 201976 Views

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Canadian Women’s Rights Groups Welcome the Report made by Ms. Dubravka Šimonovic, the United Nations Special Rapporteur of Violence Against Women, to the Human Rights Council

Canadian Women’s Rights Groups Welcome the Report made by Ms. Dubravka Šimonovic, the United Nations Special Rapporteur of Violence Against Women, to the Human Rights Council Where Press Conference, Thursday June 27, 2019 11:30 a.m. 135-B Press Conference Room The 135-B Press Conference Room is located in West Block on Parliament Hill. Who The Feminist […]

by pmnationtalk on July 2, 2019261 Views

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NL Government: New Children, Youth and Families Act Becomes Law

New legislation that ensures the protection and care of children and youth comes into effect today (Friday, June 28). The new Children, Youth and Families Act which replaces the Children and Youth Care and Protection Act, is child and youth-centred, family-focused and culturally responsive. The new Act enhances the focus on maintaining children and youth […]

by pnationtalk on July 2, 201936 Views

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Nova Scotia Chiefs Respond to New Federal Law Respecting First Nations Children, Youth & Families

June 28, 2019 The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs (Assembly) are pleased with Canada’s decision on Bill C-92 which has now become the first federal law in the area of child welfare – an Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families. Today, the Federal Government has begun to acknowledge that […]

by ahnationtalk on June 28, 201967 Views

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Yukon decision informs duty to consult – Canadian Lawyer

June 28, 2019 An unresolved assertion of Aboriginal title does not fundamentally change the Crown’s duty to consult and duty to consult does not provide for a veto, says a recent decision from the Yukon Supreme Court. In Ross River Dena Council v. Yukon, the court found that unless a claim of Aboriginal title is […]

by ahnationtalk on June 28, 201967 Views

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Law Society presents four honorary LLDs to four outstanding legal leaders at Toronto ceremonies June 25 and 26

June 26, 2019 TORONTO, ON — The Law Society of Ontario presented Doctor of Laws (LLD) degrees, to four outstanding legal leaders at its June Call to the Bar ceremonies at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on June 25 and 26: The Honourable Gloria Epstein, Professor Thulisile Madonsela, Earl A. Cherniak, Q.C., and Professor Stephen […]

by ahnationtalk on June 27, 201972 Views

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UVic’s new $9.1M home for Indigenous law investing in Canada’s future: minister – Times Colonist

June 26, 2019 The world’s first dual-degree program in Indigenous and non-Indigenous law will soon have a new home at the University of Victoria. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett confirmed Tuesday that the federal government will contribute $9.1 million to build a national centre for Indigenous law on campus. The centre will house the dual- […]

by ahnationtalk on June 26, 201976 Views

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Legislative Assembly of British Columbia – Special Committee to Appoint a Conflict of Interest Commissioner

  LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Special Committee to Appoint a Conflict of Interest Commissioner Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA, Courtenay-Comox, Chair  | Steve Thomson, MLA, Kelowna-Mission, Deputy Chair Conflict Of Interest Commissioner The Conflict of Interest Commissioner is a non-partisan officer of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia responsible for ensuring that Members of the Legislative […]

by pmnationtalk on June 25, 201989 Views

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Supporting renewed relationships with Indigenous peoples

University of Victoria’s national centre for Indigenous law to help revitalize Indigenous laws June 25, 2019 – Victoria, British Columbia Indigenous peoples in Canada have unique laws and legal traditions. The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of revitalizing Indigenous legal systems and the significant role that Indigenous law institutes can play in helping Indigenous communities […]

by pnationtalk on June 25, 201993 Views

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The Senate halts recognition of Indigenous rights on National Indigenous Peoples Day – Canadian Lawyer

June 24, 2019 This year, June 21 not only marked National Indigenous Peoples Day but also the day that bill C-262 died before the Senate. The bill would ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, but it did not make it passed […]

by ahnationtalk on June 24, 2019124 Views

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Despite government “commitment to reconciliation” Indigenous over incarceration continues to rise.

Despite government “commitment to reconciliation” Indigenous over incarceration continues to rise. OTTAWA, ON– The Indigenous Bar Association (‘IBA’) expresses outrage at the continually rising rate of Indigenous incarceration. Despite calls to justice by the Nation Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission findings, the Office of the […]

by pmnationtalk on June 24, 201964 Views

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Former Justice LaForme stresses importance of vigilance in rights protection at Pride Month event – The Lawyer’s Daily

June 24, 2019 At the Law Society of Ontario’s Pride Month program, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) awarded former Justice Harry LaForme the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) Ally Award for his “tireless efforts” in furthering the rights of Indigenous peoples and Canada’s LGBTQ+ communities. LaForme, the first Indigenous person to sit on […]

by ahnationtalk on June 24, 201970 Views

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Law Society presents honorary LLD to The Honourable James Bartleman, O.C., O.Ont., at London Call to Bar ceremony

June 20, 2019 TORONTO, ON —  The Law Society of Ontario presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), today to Ontario’s 27th Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable James Bartleman, O.C., O.Ont., at its Call to the Bar ceremony at RBC Place London. As part of its Call ceremonies each year, the Law Society […]

by ahnationtalk on June 24, 201942 Views

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NAN Congratulates Ovide Mercredi

THUNDER BAY, ON (June 17, 2019): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, congratulates former Assembly of First Nations National Chief Ovide Mercredi who was confirmed with an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), by the Law Society of Ontario at today’s Call to the Bar Ceremony in Ottawa: “Ovide […]

by pnationtalk on June 18, 201941 Views

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Law Society presents honorary LLD to noted Indigenous lawyer and leader Ovide Mercredi

TORONTO, June 17, 2019 – The Law Society of Ontario presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to Ovide Mercredi, a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, at its Call to the Bar ceremony at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on June 17. As part of its Call […]

by ahnationtalk on June 17, 2019108 Views

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LSO – Indigenous Advisory Group: Invitation to Participate

The Law Society of Ontario (Law Society) formally announced the establishment of the Indigenous Advisory Group (IAG). Since this time, the IAG has played a critical role in advising the Law Society on matters impacting First Nations, Inuit and Métis lawyers and paralegals as well as Indigenous community members in the province of Ontario. The […]

by ahnationtalk on June 13, 201947 Views

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Media Advisory – Noted Indigenous lawyer and leader Ovide Mercredi to receive Law Society honorary LLD

TORONTO, June 13, 2019  – The Law Society of Ontario will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to Ovide Mercredi, a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, at its Call to the Bar ceremony at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on June 17. As part of its […]

by ahnationtalk on June 13, 201953 Views

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‘Another step:’ Federal Court judge releases ruling in Cree and Dene – Advocate Daily

EDMONTON — The Federal Court of Canada says it has issued a ruling in Cree and Dene — the first time it’s done so in an Indigenous language. Justice Sebastien Grammond wrote about the importance of including the two languages in a ruling last Friday that overturned the suspension of a First Nations band councillor […]

by ahnationtalk on June 6, 201964 Views

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Central body supporting Anishinabek Nation Child Well-Being Law launched at Grand Council Assembly

CHIPPEWAS OF GEORGINA ISLAND FIRST NATION, June 5, 2019 – Anishinabek Nation’s Social Development Department launched Koganaawsawin, the central body supporting the Anishinabek Nation Child Well-Being Law, this morning at the Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Assembly. The launch was held as a celebration of the work that the Anishinabek Nation technicians and Child Well-Being Law […]

by ahnationtalk on June 5, 201959 Views

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