First Nation members have Charter free speech rights on reserves, says B.C. civil liberties group – National Post

First Nation members have Charter free speech rights on reserves, says B.C. civil liberties group – National Post

by ahnationtalk on September 18, 2020129 Views

‘The issue of free speech on reserve is critical. Away from media attention, political repression is a frequent occurrence on many reserves’

EDMONTON — Free speech rights protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms also apply to First Nation chiefs and council, says an unprecedented letter from the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, sent to the Kwantlen First Nation.

“The letter is simple and states something assumed as natural by any other citizen of Canada: a government may not punish a citizen for speaking out on a public issue,” writes Robert Jago, a member of the Kwantlen Nation, in a commentary from the Yellowhead Institute, a First Nation-led research centre at Ryerson University.

The application of Charter rights on reserves is an evolving discussion, but the BCCLA letter — which is being called the Kwantlen Statement — details several instances where courts have applied it to band members. Violations of free expression rights, said Jago in an interview Wednesday with the National Post, are “extremely common on reserve” and take various forms.

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