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Human rights case puts First Nation’s laws under scrutiny –

by ahnationtalk on August 31, 2017246 Views

Indigenous woman alleges discrimination by Chief and council of Sandy Lake

THUNDER BAY — A human rights tribunal in Thunder Bay heard Wednesday that Sandy Lake First Nation has the right as a sovereign nation to exercise its cultural and legal traditions, and that one of the customary laws is the ability to remove visitors who disrespect those longstanding practices.

The tribunal is hearing evidence concerning a complaint by a former resident of Sandy Lake—a fly-in community 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay—that she was discriminated against when she was kicked out in August of 2012.

The First Nation’s lawyer, Asha James of Falconers LLP, says the eviction was not for any discriminatory reason, “but rather due to community unrest and some social media postings that were angering community members, so out of concern for her safety and the safety of community members and to ensure the tension in the community did not escalate.”

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