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CBABC Responds to BC Budget 2019

February 19, 2019 The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) is pleased the BC government intends to partner with the Law Foundation of BC to establish or expand community advocacy programs. However, CBABC is clear in its continued call for additional necessary funding of legal aid services through the Legal Services Society of BC. “We […]

by pmnationtalk on February 20, 201920 Views

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CBA-Yukon deeply saddened by passing of Melissa Atkinson

February 19, 2019 WHITEHORSE – February 15, 2019 – The Yukon Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA-Yukon) is deeply saddened by the passing of tireless volunteer and branch leader Melissa Atkinson. “Melissa brought an incredibly important voice to the CBA-Yukon. Her involvement made the organization a more understanding, diverse and professional Association. She was […]

by pmnationtalk on February 20, 201915 Views

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Canadian Aboriginal Law in 2018: Essays and Case Summaries

February 14, 2019 By Bruce McIvor Our new book, Canadian Aboriginal Law in 2018: Essays and Case Summaries, is now available as a free download through our website. The book includes essays and analysis as well as short summaries of over 40 court decisions from 2018, hyperlinks to the full decisions and a detailed index by issue. It also […]

by pmnationtalk on February 20, 201910 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, 201956 Views

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Canada: Case to Watch: Does the Duty to Consult Apply to Maintenance of Existing Pipelines? – Mondaq News Alerts

February 12 2019 In Aroland First Nation v Transcanada Pipelines Limited, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice declined to decide on a motion whether the duty to consult applies to routine maintenance activities, specifically integrity digs and hydrostatic testing, for pipelines approved before the courts articulated the duty to consult.1 The issue was brought before […]

by ahnationtalk on February 12, 201945 Views

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Lawless colonialism in Canada – The Martlet

News Unsettled: the Native Students’ Union regular column In the wild west of Aboriginal law, Canada shoots first and asks questions later. For several hundreds of years, the Crown has disregarded Indigenous sovereignty in order to access land resources. From beaver to bitumen, colonial forces have wielded their military might to extract as much profit […]

by ahnationtalk on February 11, 201922 Views

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WCEL: Senate must ensure Bill C-69 passes while hearing from all sides, environmental lawyers say

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories – The Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources voted unanimously yesterday to travel to select regions in Canada during its study of Bill C-69, which introduces important measures to improve federal environmental reviews. The Senate Committee’s motion involves travelling to Atlantic Canada, Quebec and […]

by ahnationtalk on February 7, 201942 Views

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KRG: All Communities to Receive Help to Register Firearms

In the following weeks, the Kativik Regional Police Force, jointly with the Inuit Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Support Program and the northern villages, will provide assistance for firearms registration in all the Nunavik communities. Police officers and Inuktitut-speaking staff of the KRG will be available to answer questions and provide help filling out registration forms. […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 201945 Views

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First Nations groups want fixes to draft child welfare law as Ottawa faces time crunch – CBC

Feb 06, 2019 Concerns remain over jurisdiction, statutory funding after reviewing promised child welfare legislation A draft of the federal Liberal government’s proposed Indigenous child welfare bill recently received negative reviews from First Nations representatives involved in co-development talks with Ottawa, according to a grand chief. Ottawa announced last November it would table the bill that […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 201930 Views

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LSO bencher hopefuls advocate for recent calls, mental health awareness – The Lawyer’s Daily

February 04, 2019 As the deadline for bencher nominations at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) looms, some candidates have already kicked off the race by sharing their platforms on social media. Challenges facing the legal community dominate their campaigns and include: mental health, Indigenous issues, high tuition rates at law schools and technological competence. […]

by pmnationtalk on February 5, 201935 Views

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New Judge Appointed to the Ontario Court Of Justice

February 4, 2019 The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General for Ontario, has announced the appointment of a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective February 13, 2019.Justice Krista Lynn Leszczynski was called to the bar in 2002. For the past eight years she has worked as an assistant Crown attorney and as the […]

by ahnationtalk on February 4, 201985 Views

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Advocating for a First Nation’s interests – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

February 4, 2019 Sawridge First Nation has just signed a memorandum of understanding with the federal government to gain further recognition for self-determination. Michael McKinney has seen a dramatic evolution of First Nations self-governance in the last three decades, going from a period of little to no recognition to now a period in which the […]

by ahnationtalk on February 4, 201953 Views

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Compliance with the Firearms Registry: The AFNQL Considers that the Legault Government Is Missing the Target

Montréal, January 31, 2019 – On January 21, 2008, the Vice Premier and Minister of Public Safety, Geneviève Guilbault, announced measures to ease the requirements of the Quebec Firearms Registration Act. The AFNQL responded to Quebec’s approach by denouncing the absence of any consideration of the realities experienced by First Nations’ firearms owners. Taking advantage […]

by ahnationtalk on January 31, 201984 Views

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Visiting Law speaker builds intercultural understanding – TRU

January 30, 2019 TRU Faculty of Law’s Visiting Speaker Committee hosts Dr. Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Family and Child Caring Society of Canada, for presentations to the TRU community on Wednesday, January 30, and to first-year law students on Thursday, January 31. Blackstock is an internationally recognized researcher and advocate for […]

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 201963 Views

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Cannabis legalization ignores First Nations – Pamela Palmater – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 30, 2019 For decades, federal and provincial governments, through their local, regional and national police agencies and court systems, have arrested, charged and imprisoned thousands of First Nations people for engaging in the cannabis trade. Many had hoped that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s stated commitment to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples and his […]

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 201946 Views

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Counsel praises Crown for ‘holistic’ approach using Indigenous mediation circle in Manitoba – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 28, 2019 Legal minds are hoping for more restorative justice similar to that of an Indigenous mediation circle taking place for two Manitoba women suspected of spewing online hatred toward local Aboriginals. Deemed by many as historic, the circle, which sat Jan. 16 for the first of several sessions, involves two non-Indigenous women who, […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 201958 Views

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Canada failed to engage, dialogue meaningfully and grapple with real concerns of Indigenous applicants – Law Times

Canada failed to engage, dialogue meaningfully and grapple with real concerns of Indigenous applicants National Energy Board issued report concerning proposed expansion of Trans Mountain pipeline system. Board’s report recommended that Governor in Council approve expansion. Governor in Council accepted Board’s recommendation and issued Order in Council. Applicants brought applications for judicial review of Board’s […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 201952 Views

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Time to get out of the way of Indigenous justice systems – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

January 28, 2019 Over the years, I have not really thought carefully or with an open mind about the history of the Indigenous communities in this country. I have not always appreciated that, at one time, their lives and customs were suddenly smothered, often extinguished and replaced by European settlers — oppressors, really. I have […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 201930 Views

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Private Pension Plans – Federal v. provincial jurisdiction – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 25, 2019 Application by the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority Inc. (NITHA) and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services Incorporated (PBCNHS) for judicial review of decisions by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions of Canada (OSFI) that the applicants’ pension plans did not fall under federal jurisdiction and as such were to be […]

by ahnationtalk on January 25, 201980 Views

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VIU Honours Lawyer for Helping Shape Canada’s Legal History

field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden Marvin Storrow believes that even though something is law doesn’t always mean it is just or right. An accomplished lawyer with 55 years’ experience, Storrow has challenged the law numerous times, and due to his determination and courage he has steered the course of legal history in Canada. Storrow’s legal contribution towards […]

by ahnationtalk on January 23, 201935 Views

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Buying legal cannabis in Nunavut

January 23, 2019 The Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NULC) reminds Nunavummiut that they can only buy cannabis legally from licensed agents of the NULC. A list of legal cannabis providers can be found at www.nulc.ca/cannabis/. Legally-bought cannabis containers are identified with the Nunavut excise stamp: For more information, consult the NULC’s frequently asked questions section […]

by pmnationtalk on January 23, 201937 Views

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N.W.T community leaders seek clarity on how to enforce cannabis laws – CBC

Workplace safety and youth using cannabis remain key issues for some communities Jan 18, 2019 Leaders from communities across the Northwest Territories continue to seek clarification on how exactly their people could be affected by new legal cannabis rules. Since cannabis legalization was introduced in October, some communities still don’t know how they can enforce […]

by ahnationtalk on January 18, 201949 Views

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Court must balance rules of evidence while recognizing Indigenous traditions, B.C. judge rules – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 17, 2019 In a ruling being characterized as a first in Canada, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled an Indigenous elder can present evidence as part of a panel during depositions in a land claims case, which the First Nation’s counsel is describing as “righting a historical wrong” and providing a method for […]

by pmnationtalk on January 17, 201993 Views

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First Nations must be able to engage with pipeline proponents confidentially in accordance with agreement – Law Times

Case management judge in pending judicial review proceedings ordered that admissibility of impugned evidence be determined by panel hearing the consolidated challenges to decision of Governor in Council. Case management judge issued order protecting confidentiality of information pending decision of panel. Impugned evidence was struck. TM conceded that information was confidential. This was consistent with […]

by ahnationtalk on January 14, 201966 Views

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Importing alcohol from outside Nunavut

10 January 2019  Did you know that whether you live in an unrestricted or restricted community, you need a liquor import permit to bring in more than three litres of spirits, nine litres of wine, or 26 litres of beer (72 x 355 millilitre containers) to Nunavut? Import permits are available from your region’s […]

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 201942 Views

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Why Canadian Law Should be on the Side of the Wet’suwet’en in the Pipeline Confrontation – First People’s Law

January 10, 2019 The standoff between Wet’suwet’en hereditary Chiefs and the RCMP in northern British Columbia is strewn with painful ironies. Below I outline two of them. Irony #1: The Wet’suwet’en Chiefs’ actions are a manifestation of Aboriginal title Under Canadian law, the exclusive occupation of Indigenous lands is both a requirement to prove Aboriginal […]

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 201952 Views

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Sudburians busted in Henvey Inlet as OPP raids of First Nations pot dispensaries continue – Sudbury.com

Three arrested and charged as police seize nearly $200K in cannabis products Three Greater Sudbury men are facing charges as the OPP continue to raid cannabis dispensaries in First Nations communities. On Jan. 4, police raided two dispensaries in Henvey Inlet First Nation, located south of Greater Sudbury, seizing $33,730 worth of cannabis products from […]

by ahnationtalk on January 9, 201982 Views

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We can all learn from Wet’suwet’en laws – National Observer

January 8th 2019 The Unist’ot’en Camp near Smithers in northern British Columbia offers a crucial lesson for all humanity — that the land provides for everyone who lives on it, and we in turn have a responsibility to reciprocate and care for the land. The remote camp has been led by Indigenous Wet’suwet’en people of […]

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 201958 Views

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New Year’s Greetings and Prediction From Bimaadzwin: “2019 will be a breakthrough year for First Nation jurisdiction and economic development”

New Year’s Greetings and Prediction From Bimaadzwin: “2019 will be a breakthrough year for First Nation jurisdiction and economic development” (Serpent River First Nation, January 7, 2019) In just six short months since the inception of Bimaadzwin, much work has been undertaken, accomplished, and new partnerships and priorities have been established. On behalf of myself and the Bimaadzwin team, we wish everyone […]

by pmnationtalk on January 7, 201999 Views

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Addressing systemic racism in legal profession: Angelique EagleWoman – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 04, 2019 In the legal profession, we are often concerned about access to justice and ensuring equal justice for all. For Indigenous peoples, a variety of past policies and attitudes impact what is experienced today in legal actions and processes. One of the challenges facing the legal profession today is understanding what is systemic […]

by ahnationtalk on January 4, 201997 Views

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Legal Feeds in January 2019 – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

January 04, 2019 Katanga Mining Ltd. has paid $28.5 million, plus costs of $1.5 million, as part of a settlement agreement for “material misstatements and failures to make adequate disclosure,” according to reasons released by the Ontario Securities Commission Bulletin. Craig Lockwood, a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto who represented respondent […]

by ahnationtalk on January 4, 201957 Views

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Indigenous peoples often prefer to deal with conflict resolution within own communities, conference told – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 03, 2019 Approaches to conflict dispute resolution are different in the Indigenous family context and legal professionals need to educate themselves on cultural variances in order to ethically and effectively assist them, explained Katherine Hensel to attendees of the Family Dispute Institute of Ontario’s annual conference on family dispute resolution. Hensel, founder and principal […]

by ahnationtalk on January 3, 201980 Views

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Lytton lawyer named Provincial Court Judge – Bridge River Lillooet News

January 2, 2019 A Kamloops lawyer whose roots are in Lytton has been appointed as a provincial court judge in the city. Raymond Phillips’s appointment fills a vacancy in the Kamloops Law Courts, the provincial government said in a news release. He was born in Kamloops and is a member of the Lytton First Nation […]

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 201959 Views

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Jeff Beedell on what to expect from the SCC in 2019 – CBA National

January 2, 2019 We recently sat down with Jeff Beedell, a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office whose practice provides Supreme Court of Canada agency services. In a recent interview with CBA National, he gave us a preview of what to look out for in the coming year at the SCC. CBA National: It’s been […]

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 201951 Views

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Alberta’s only Indigenous bencher hopes to offer new perspective – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Corie Flett is a Fort McMurray lawyer and one of 20 lawyers who serve as benchers on the board of directors of the Law Society of Alberta. Flett was elected in 2017 by members of the LSA to represent the north of the province. She is one of nine women on the board and the […]

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 201977 Views

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The new laws that will affect the lives of Ontarians in 2019 – Breakfast Television Toronto

From a minimum wage freeze, to expanded marijuana sales — changes are in store for Ontarians in 2019. A slew of new Canada-wide and provincial laws are set to come into effect on January 1, and throughout the year. Here’s a rundown of some of the key changes that could affect your life. January 1, […]

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 201949 Views

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Minister Wilson-Raybould Appoints Deputy Judges to the Territories

From: Department of Justice Canada December 20, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced 13 appointments of Deputy Judges of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Yukon, and the Nunavut Court of Justice. ‎These […]

by ahnationtalk on December 20, 201893 Views

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Local Indigenous lawyer honoured with appointment from province – battlefordsNOW

An accomplished Battlefords area Indigenous lawyer was recently recognized with a Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation for her work in contributing to the legal profession as well as to public service. Eleanore Sunchild is one of 18 lawyers in the province to be honoured with the title in the province’s announcement Dec. 18. Sunchild, from Thunderchild […]

by ahnationtalk on December 20, 201876 Views

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Distinguished Lawyers Honoured With 2018 Queen’s Counsel Designations

December 18, 2018 Eighteen Saskatchewan lawyers are being honoured with the Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation for their contributions to the legal profession and public service. “These individuals have made significant contributions to the legal profession, the justice system and their communities,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.  “I’m pleased to recognize their hard […]

by ahnationtalk on December 20, 2018127 Views

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Indigenous leaders go to court to support Canada’s oil industry

Credits: Global News Eagle Spirits Chief Council Calvin Helin and National Chiefs Coalition Raymond Morris join Mercedes Stephenson for a discussion about why they are taking the federal government to court to stop Bill C-48, a moratorium on ships carrying gas and crude oil to anchor along the north coast of B.C. from becoming law. […]

by ahnationtalk on December 17, 2018340 Views

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Indigenous hereditary law at stake in energy legal battle: lawyer – APTN News

December 12, 2018 A subsidiary of TransCanada Corp. says it’s poised to lose “billions of dollars” if it can’t start work on a natural gas pipeline being blocked by an Indigenous clan. The drama playing out in a remote part of northwestern B.C. is scheduled to be heard in a Prince George courtroom Thursday. “It’s […]

by ahnationtalk on December 13, 201871 Views

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First Nations hope new accord with BC, Ottawa may ‘turn the page’ on denial of rights – The Lawyer’s Daily

December 11, 2018 The federal and B.C. governments have signed a new agreement with First Nations representatives in the province aimed at changing treaty negotiations, but an Indigenous rights lawyer says a lot remains… Read More: https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/9079/first-nations-hope-new-accord-with-b-c-ottawa-may-turn-the-page-on-denial-of-rights?category=news

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 201879 Views

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Trespassing on Treaty Rights: Saskatchewan’s Proposed Restrictions on Access – First People’s Law

December 12, 2018 The Crown’s failure to honour the promises it made to Indigenous Peoples pursuant to the historic treaties is one of the most significant barriers to reconciliation today. This was recently made clear when the Province of Saskatchewan introduced amendments to provincial trespassing laws which would impose new limits on Indigenous Peoples’ treaty […]

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 201870 Views

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Aboriginal Status and Rights – Historical grievances – Residential schools – Settlements – The Lawyer’s Daily

December 12, 2018 Application by Independent Counsel for directions relating to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA). Between the 1860s and 1990s, more than 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were required to attend Indian Residential Schools operated by religious organizations with the funding of Canada. The operators of the schools kidnapped, brainwashed, […]

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 201874 Views

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BC Government: Exceptional lawyers recognized with Queen’s counsel designation

Dec. 10, 2018 VICTORIA – David Eby, Attorney General, has announced the 2018 recipients of the honorary title of Queen’s counsel (QC). “Congratulations to each of the recipients of this prestigious designation,” said Eby. “The QC appointment is a very special honour that denotes a superb record of achievement and commitment to our province’s legal system. […]

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 2018229 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report for December 9th – First People’s Law

December 9, 2018 In the News Major changes are in the works for Indigenous child welfare across the country Labrador Indigenous groups applaud upcoming federal legislation on child welfare | CBC News ‘A turning point’: New Indigenous child welfare legislation will save lives says Philpott – APTN News Good Intentions on Indigenous Child Welfare — […]

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 201868 Views

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Monday, December 10, 2018 – Law Times

Harry LaForme, Canada’s first and only Indigenous judge on an appellate court, has joined Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP as senior counsel. LaForme was a judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal for 14 years and on the Superior Court of Ontario for 10 years before that. He was the first Indigenous person to serve as […]

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 201873 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Calls for Criminalization of Forced Sterilization of First Nations Women

Assembly of First Nations Calls for Criminalization of Forced Sterilization of First Nations Women (Ottawa, ON): Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is calling for changes to the laws of Canada and specifically the Criminal Code of Canada to make the forced sterilization of First Nations women a crime, and wants a collaborative approach […]

by pmnationtalk on December 7, 2018626 Views

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2018 CEDAW Report Card

On December 6th, 2018, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, West Coast LEAF released our 10th annual CEDAW Report Card, grading BC on nine issues impacting women’s human rights, including child protection, a new section introduced this year. The Report Card assesses BC’s record in 2018 in relation to obligations set out […]

by pmnationtalk on December 7, 201895 Views

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RELEASE: Report card on gender equality in BC released

December 6, 2018 VANCOUVER – Today, West Coast LEAF released its 10th annual report card on the rights of women in BC. The report card shows that although BC’s grades have improved in six areas, further progress is needed for the province to satisfy its international obligations to women’s human rights. Advancements in areas such as child care […]

by pmnationtalk on December 7, 201871 Views

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