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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, 201822 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, 2018139 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, 201834 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, 201839 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, 201831 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, 201827 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, 201879 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, 201830 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, 201834 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, 2018168 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, 201828 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 […]

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Harry LaForme joins Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

November 30, 2018 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 […]

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 201837 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report Dec. 2, 2018 – First People’s Law

December 2, 2018 In the News In northern British Columbia Indigenous people have different views on a proposed LNG project. Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in B.C. say LNG pipeline doesn’t have unanimous consent – APTN News ‘The opportunity we have is immeasurable’: B.C. First Nation waits for LNG facility – APTN News Pipeline […]

by ahnationtalk on December 2, 201844 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report for Nov 25th – First People’s Law

November 25, 2018 The marijuana debate continued. First Nations consider questions of profit — and sovereignty — at first national Indigenous cannabis conference | The Star Sask. to meet with First Nation operating unlicensed cannabis store | CBC News Growing pains continue for Sask.’s pot industry: licences and supplies Agribition panelists encourage Sask. First Nations […]

by ahnationtalk on November 27, 201831 Views

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Aboriginal Consultation Office Publish Revised Joint Operating Procedures – Fasken

On October 31, 2018, the Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER”) and the Aboriginal Consultation Office (“ACO”) released the revised Joint Operating Procedures for First Nation Consultation on Energy Resource Activities (PDF) (“JOP”). The purpose of the JOP is to administer and coordinate the operations of the AER and ACO on energy applications in a manner that […]

by ahnationtalk on November 22, 201849 Views

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Harry LaForme, a groundbreaking Indigenous judge, looks back in anger at the milestone Canada missed – The Globe and Mail

As Canada’s only First Nations appellate judge, he spent his career breaking barriers – but one more obstacle, his lack of French proficiency, kept him from a shot at the Supreme Court He grew up at a time when life for aboriginal peoples was circumscribed not only by vicious discrimination but by law. His father […]

by ahnationtalk on November 22, 201868 Views

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The Indigenous Bar Association Applauds the Name Change Of “Killsquaw Lake” To Kikiskisitotawanawak Iskwêwak Lakes in Saskatchewan

The Indigenous Bar Association Applauds the Name Change of “Killsquaw Lake” to Kikiskisitotawanawak Iskwêwak Lakes in Saskatchewan OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) applauds the efforts in Saskatchewan to change the name of “Killsquaw Lake” to Kikiskisitotawanawak Iskwêwak Lakes (which translates to “We honour the women” Lakes in nehiyawewin (Cree)). The lake is […]

by pmnationtalk on November 22, 2018290 Views

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Beyond Gladue: How the Justice System Is Still Failing Indigenous Offenders – TheTyee.ca

In 1999, the Supreme Court ruled ‘particular attention’ must be paid in their sentencing. That’s still not happening. In early 1997, Jamie Tanis Gladue pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing her boyfriend in Nanaimo. She was sentenced to three years in prison. Her case led to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that was supposed to […]

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 201871 Views

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Saskatchewan justice minister says Indigenous cannabis store illegal – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Nov?16,?2018 REGINA _ Saskatchewan’s justice minister says an unlicensed cannabis store on Indigenous land northeast of Regina is illegal. The Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation opened a marijuana dispensary this week. Chief Anthony Cappo has said the First Nation has a sovereign right to pass its own cannabis regulations. Justice Minister Don […]

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 201883 Views

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Susan Aglukark and Jesse Wente will lead important day of learning at upcoming Human Rights Symposium on Dec. 4

Susan Aglukark and Jesse Wente will lead important day of learning at upcoming Human Rights Symposium on Dec. 4 Community partners invited to register to attend by Nov. 19 The Halton District School Board is proud to host the upcoming Human Rights Symposium to engage in vital conversations about Indigenous Rights and the current realities […]

by pmnationtalk on November 15, 201844 Views

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He spent his life immersed in Indigenous law. Now he’s helping Canada’s next generation of lawyers change its course – Toronto Star

At the forefront of a ‘resurgence’ in legal thought, Anishinaabe law professor John Borrows helped start the world’s first Indigenous law degree Nov. 15, 2018 VICTORIA, B.C.—“Welcome to law school,” Anishinaabe scholar John Borrows tells the Star with a grin, zipping his raincoat halfway up as he turns to his students with a soft-spoken question: […]

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 201870 Views

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The IBA Congratulates the Appointment of Cheryl Arcand-Kootenay as a Judge to the Provincial Court of Alberta

The IBA Congratulates the Appointment of Cheryl Arcand-Kootenay as a Judge to the Provincial Court of Alberta OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) celebrates the appointment of Cheryl Arcand-Kootenay as a judge to the St. Paul Provincial Court of Alberta on November 6, 2018. Judge Arcand-Kootenay is a nehiyaw-iskwew (Cree woman) from the […]

by pmnationtalk on November 14, 2018111 Views

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Kathleen Lickers designated Indigenous Peoples Counsel at the 30th Annual Conference of the IBA in Saskatoon, SK

The Indigenous Bar Association was honoured to designate Kathleen N. Lickers as Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel at the 30th?Annual Conference of the Indigenous Bar Association. Kathleen is Haudenosaunee from Six Nations of the Grand River. Jeffery Hewitt (General Counsel, Rama First Nation) and Candice S. Metallic (Partner, Maurice Law) praised Kathleen and highlighted her many contributions […]

by pmnationtalk on November 14, 201850 Views

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UVic launches world’s first Indigenous Law degree

Credits:?UVic Feminist, artist, grandmother and embracer of disruption, Dr. Val Napoleon is one of the most influential legal scholars in Canada. She is changing legal education and the lawscape of Canada as co-founder of the Indigenous Law Degree Program.

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 2018277 Views

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First Nations authority over cannabis hazy, legal experts say – The Lawyer’s Daily

November 09, 2018 The legalization of cannabis in October saw massive lineups, short supply and a likely uptick in sales of Tim Hortons doughnuts. But amid all the celebration, serious questions emerged over what role Canada’s Indigenous peoples have in making their own laws on marijuana, and legal experts are saying those questions do not […]

by ahnationtalk on November 9, 201857 Views

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Minister Clarke marks National Aboriginal Veterans Day

Credits: Manitoba PC Caucus Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke makes a Ministerial Statement marking National Aboriginal Veterans Day.

by ahnationtalk on November 8, 2018278 Views

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Expert sees long road ahead in settling Aboriginal law – Business in Vancouver

November 8, 2018 For Canadian business, especially the resource and energy sectors, no other legal matter in Canada is more important or has more impact than Aboriginal law. To help shed light on the current landscape with respect to Aboriginal rights and title, the apparent failure of the B.C. treaty process and attempts by governments […]

by ahnationtalk on November 8, 201862 Views

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UVic launches the world’s first Indigenous law degree

Credits: UVic At the edge of a welcome new era, Carolyn Belleau honours her past by looking to the future. As one of 26 students entering UVic’s Indigenous Law program—a combination of Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders—she intends to influence policy and provide legal expertise for her home community, Esk’etemc (Alkali Lake, BC), […]

by ahnationtalk on October 31, 2018281 Views

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How UNDRIP Changes Canada’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples

Credits: Centre for International Governance Innovation The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law recently released a collection of short essays — titled UNDRIP Implementation: Braiding International, Domestic and Indigenous Laws — that discusses how international law, domestic constitutional law and […]

by ahnationtalk on October 30, 2018313 Views

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SCC’s Gladue guidance used in Nunavut judge’s quashing of mandatory minimum – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 30, 2018 Unjust punishment and Indigenous principles of rehabilitation and reconciliation led a Nunavut judge to strike down a mandatory minimum sentence that would have meant faraway jail time for a Kimmirut man guilty of firearms offences, lawyers say. Justice Paul Bychok, of the Nunavut Court of Justice, detailed in R. v. Itturiligaq 2018 […]

by ahnationtalk on October 30, 201872 Views

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Supreme Court of Canada should have recognized UNDRIP in Mikisew Cree Nation v. Canada – Canadian Lawyer

October 29, 2018 The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada on Oct. 11, 2018. It was a case that addressed the question of whether the duty to consult Indigenous peoples applies to the law-making process. In a split decision, seven justices found that it does not. The […]

by ahnationtalk on October 29, 2018118 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report October 28, 2018 – First People’s Law

This week’s update includes news about the Trans Mountain pipeline, the Mikisew?decision, marijuana, the ‘Eastern Métis’, a Stop of Interest from Winnipeg and much more. In the News The approval of a new diamond mine in Saskatchewan has raised concerns. James Smith Cree Nation vows to stop proposed mine unless more benefits provided | CBC […]

by ahnationtalk on October 29, 201855 Views

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Law Society’s governing body approves 2019 budget

October 25, 2018 TORONTO, ON — The Law Society’s governing body today approved modest increases to the annual fees that lawyers and paralegals will pay to the Law Society in 2019. Lawyers will pay an additional of $18, resulting in an overall, annual fee of $2,201, while paralegals will pay an additional $15, for a […]

by ahnationtalk on October 25, 201878 Views

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Alberta band settles long standing land claim for $113 million and swath of land – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Oct?24,?2018? By Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON _ After decades of failed negotiations, broken promises, standoffs, arrests and global condemnation, Alberta, Canada, and the Lubicon Lake Band have announced a landmark land settlement and compensation deal. Premier Rachel Notley said the deal sets aside 246 square kilometres of land in […]

by ahnationtalk on October 25, 201850 Views

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Canada’s Laws Must Respect First Nations Rights: AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Mikisew

Canada’s Laws Must Respect First Nations Rights: AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Mikisew October 19, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) – Following today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada regarding Mikisew Cree First Nation stating that the federal government does not need to consult with First Nations prior to […]

by ahnationtalk on October 19, 2018493 Views

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Supreme Court ruling shows need for more Indigenous Parliamentarians and judges, says lawyer – CBC

‘They’re a few voices calling out loud and strong surrounded by hundreds,’ says Bruce McIvor Oct 17, 2018 Following a Supreme Court ruling that there is no duty to consult Indigenous Peoples in drafting legislation, some officials say more Inuit, Métis and First Nations representation is needed on Parliament Hill. “Because there isn’t the proper […]

by ahnationtalk on October 17, 201846 Views

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Family mediation helps separating couples divorce amicably, save time and money

TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 16, 2018?– Many Ontarians are turning to family mediation, family arbitration, and the hybrid med-arb—all forms of?Alternative Dispute Resolution?(ADR)—to settle their separations and divorces. Factors driving this are: clogged family courts across many parts of Ontario; the high cost of hiring family lawyers; and the perils of navigating family court as […]

by pmnationtalk on October 16, 201878 Views

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Change of Direction Required-Case Comment on Mikisew – NetNewsLedger

16 October 2018 Last week the Supreme Court of Canada released its much-awaited decision in Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Governor General in Council), 2018 SCC 40. The Court held that the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous Peoples prior to decisions which could affect their Aboriginal and Treaty rights does not extend to the […]

by ahnationtalk on October 16, 201865 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report October 14, 2018 – First People’s Law

October 14, 2018 In this week’s update: disappointment with the Supreme Court, an attempted reboot for comprehensive claims, Indigenous laws, the 60’s Scoop, the first instalment of our case law review for 2018 and much more. In the News The federal government is touting a new agreement under the BC Treaty Process as a reboot […]

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 201871 Views

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Hunting and Trapping – Offences and penalties – Hunting with light at night – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 15, 2018 Appeal by the defendants, Paul and Francis, from an appellate decision affirming a conviction under the Wildlife Act. The defendants were Mi’kmaq members of the Eskasoni First Nation with a constitutionally affirmed aboriginal right to hunt for food. They were arrested for hunting for moose at night with the assistance of their […]

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 201871 Views

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Canadian First Nation former chief calls Supreme Court decision ‘a bunch of BS’

Credits: Global News Former Mikisew Cree First Nation chief Steve Courtoreille said Thursday that the Supreme Court of Canada decision that the government does not need to consult Indigenous groups when making laws “a bunch of BS” and that the justice system had failed First Nations once again. He said consultation with Indigenous groups is […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 2018260 Views

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SCOC-Duty-To-Consult – Audio Clip NAT066 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Audio Oct?11,?2018?10:44 066 – (SCOC-Duty-To-Consult) MP3 Audio: http://audio.cp.org/productionaudio/audio/2018/10/11/cp201810110079-1.mp3 UNDATED. x–35s. (Ken Trimble) The Supreme Court of Canada says federal ministers do not have a duty to consult Indigenous groups when drafting legislation. (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201862 Views

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Backlash erupts over misconduct finding for judge who took on law school post – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Oct?10,?2018? By Colin Perkel THE CANADIAN PRESS A growing backlash has erupted over a finding that a respected judge engaged in misconduct by accepting a temporary position as dean of a northern Ontario university’s Indigenous law school. In a letter to the Canadian Judicial Council on Wednesday, Sen. Murray Sinclair said […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201862 Views

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Indigenous community courts key to stemming over incarceration, says EagleWoman – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 10, 2018 Over incarceration of Indigenous peoples and the parallel child welfare crisis are major justice concerns across Canada, but Angelique EagleWoman, a visiting professor at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Minnesota, believes these issues can be stemmed through the establishment of Indigenous community courts. EagleWoman, who became well known as the […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201891 Views

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This week at the SCC – Canadian Lawyer

October 9, 2018 The Supreme Court of Canada will hear three appeals this week, its first of the fall session. The first two appeals involve charges of sexual assault against Indigenous persons, while the third concerns an alleged Charter breach in a search-and-seizure case. Civil procedure, class actions: While a student at an Indian residential […]

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 201882 Views

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Wrongful Conviction Day reception sheds light on shortcomings of criminal justice system – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 09, 2018 A T-shirt boldly printed with the word “INNOCENT” was held high to a rousing round of applause by O’Neil Blackett, Innocence Canada’s most recently exonerated client, at the start of the Fifth International Wrongful Conviction Day reception. Blackett, who was wrongfully convicted of killing a 13-month-old girl that was in his care, […]

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 201883 Views

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B.C. appoints four new provincial court judges

Oct. 5, 2018 VICTORIA – The Government of British Columbia is appointing four new provincial court judges to increase access to justice for British Columbians. The additional appointments will be assigned to Surrey, providing support for an increased workload arising from the $33.5-million Surrey Courthouse expansion. They include: Judge David Albert (effective Oct. 25, 2018) […]

by ahnationtalk on October 5, 2018145 Views

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