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David Nahwegahbow and Scott Robertson of Nahwegahbow Corbiere and Marie Belleau of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada - November 2016

Cases: Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v Enbridge et al. and Hamlet of Clyde River, et al. v. Petroleum Geo-Servioces Inc. (PGS), et al.


Please join the Indigenous Bar Association in congratulating Dr. Wilton Littlechild on accepted becoming the first “non-sitting” Chief to the hold the Grand Chief position. Dr. Wilton Littlechild will hold the position of the Grand Chief for a three year term.
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Canada Officially Removes Obiector Status on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Tuesday

Posted: May 13, 2016

OTTAWA – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) recognizes the Government of Canada’s recent decision to adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in accordance with the Canadian Constitution and without “qualification.”

The IBA was interested in the Minister of Indigenous Affairs’ announcement regarding the Declaration, “breathing life into Section 35 and recognizing it as a full box of rights for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.” Ms. Koren Lightning-Earle, President of the Indigenous Bar Association, stated in response ‘the Declaration is much more than a refinement of section 35 of the Constitution. It has the potential to be transformative of the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canada.

Adopting UNDRIP, in addition to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, provides the Government with the necessary principles to improve the nation-to-nation relationship as envisioned by the parties at the Treaty of Niagara in 1764. A nation-to-nation relationship whereby the Government recognizes and promotes the dignity, survival and well-being of this country’s original inhabitants, remedies the legacy of residential schools and advances the process of reconciliation. “Adoption is the first step. We look forward to working with the federal government on the many ways in which the Declaration must be implemented by Canada in order to demonstrate its full commitment to a nation-to-nation relationship.” said Lightning-Earle.

Ms. Lightning-Earle calls upon the current Government of Canada to, “abolish its long standing historical policy of attempting to assimilate Indigenous Peoples and denying them their rightful place in all facets of Canada, including the economy and legal system. In addition, Ms. Lightning-Earle says, “a new relationship must develop where the Government honours and respects Treaties, recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination and upholds rights to lands, territories and resources.”

The IBA is a national association comprised of Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) lawyers, legal academics, articling clerks and law students, including graduate and post-graduate law students. The IBA is a not-for-profit federal corporation mandated, amongst other things, to promote the advancement of legal and social justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada, as well as the reform of laws and policies affecting Indigenous peoples.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Koren Lightning-Earle, President of the Indigenous Bar Association at: klightning-earle@indigenousbar.ca or at 780.721.2345 or visit our website at www.indigenousbar.ca


Canada’s Denial of Adequate Services Discriminates Against On-Reserve First Nation Children and Families, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Rules

Posted: January 27, 2016

OTTAWA - The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) congratulates the efforts of Dr. Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, as well as, Assembly of First Nations on this monumental victory in the decision from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT). Further, the IBA fully supports the CHRT’s findings that the Government of Canada’s funding policies continue to have adverse impacts on First Nation families and children on-reserve and that these adverse impacts propagate the historical disadvantage and trauma suffered by Aboriginal people, in particular, systemic results of the Residential Schools system.

The IBA calls upon the Government of Canada to take immediate steps to address outdated funding policies. These policy directives and inadequate funding have negatively impacted First Nations children and families as far back as Residential Schools being imposed. In order to alleviate the continuing historical disadvantage, the aim, as set out in the CHRT’s decision, should be to “eliminate discrimination”.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Koren Lightning-Earle, President of the Indigenous Bar Association at: klightning-earle@indigenousbar.ca or at 780.721.2345.


THE INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION IN CANADA CONGRATULATES ANGELIQUE EAGLEWOMAN ON HER APPOINTMENT AS DEAN OF LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY’S BORA LASKIN FACULTY OF LAW

Posted: January 13, 2016

Ottawa, Ontario – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (“IBA”) congratulates Angelique EagleWoman on her appointment as Dean of Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and applauds her commitment to advance Indigenous legal issues.

“Angelique EagleWoman’s experience teaching Native American Law and serving as General Counsel for her own Tribe, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in Dakota makes her eminently well-qualified to ensure that Indigenous laws and perspectives are woven throughout the curriculum of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law,” says Koren Lightning-Earle, President of the IBA.

Further, the IBA commends Lakehead University for appointing the first Indigenous dean of a Canadian law school. Along with the introduction of mandatory courses on Indigenous legal traditions and Canadian laws applied to Aboriginal peoples, this historic appointment clearly demonstrates the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law’s commitment to implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The IBA supports Dean EagleWoman in fulfilling the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law’s tripartite mandate, particularly the Faculty's focus on identifying and addressing Indigenous legal issues.

For further information please contact: Koren Lightning-Earle, President at (780) 721-2345 or via email klightning-earle@indigenousbar.ca.


New Job Opportunities

Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP is currently seeking an Associate lawyer with 1-5 years of experience, with an interest in and preferably experience in litigation, to join our practice in the Toronto office.
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The LSS currently has an exciting opportunity for a Manager, Indigenous Services to join their team in Vancouver, BC.
The Legal Services Society (LSS) has been the provider of legal aid in British Columbia. As a non-profit organization, our goal is to provide legal information, advice, and representation services to some of BC's most vulnerable and marginalized citizens: those who do not have the financial, educational, social or health resources to effectively access the justice system when their families, freedom, or safety are at risk. That being said, many of our services are available to all British Columbians and our scope of work ranges from family law, child protection, immigration, and criminal law.
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What is the IBA?

The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (IBA) is a non-profit professional organization for Indian, Inuit and Métis persons trained in the field of law.

Its membership consist of Indigenous lawyers (practicing and non-practicing), judges, law professors, legal consultants and law students.

As the field of Indigenous law develops, the public is becoming more aware and interested in Indigenous legal issues. The IBA plays an active role in promoting the development of Indigenous law and supporting Indigenous legal practitioners.

Find out more about the IBA by reviewing the objectives and by-laws of the Association.


LEGISLATION WATCH

One of the primary goals and objectives of the Indigenous Bar Association is the promotion and reform of policies and laws affecting Indigenous Peoples in Canada.  In furtherance of this objective, the IBA is committed to advancing the concerns of our members with respect to proposed legislation and regulations which may potentially impact the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples in Canada.  As such, if you have any comments or information in respect of draft legislation and regulations, or any other legislative or regulatory initiatives that may impact the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada, please click here to access our Legislation Watch webpage.



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