The IBA Applauds the Name Change of “Killsquaw Lake” to Kikiskisitotawânawak Iskwêwak Lakes in Saskatchewan

For Immediate Release November 20, 2018 THE INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION APPLAUDS THE NAME CHANGE OF “KILLSQUAW LAKE” TO KIKISKISITOTAWÂNAWAK ISKWÊWAK LAKES IN SASKATCHEWAN OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) applauds the efforts in Saskatchewan to change the name of “Killsquaw Lake” to Kikiskisitotawânawak Iskwêwak Lakes (which translates to “We honour the women” Lakes … Continued

The IBA urges all members of the senate to support bill C-262 – An act to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous people

OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (‘IBA’) urges all Members of the Senate to support Bill C-262. The enactment of Bill C-262 would require the Government of Canada to take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (‘UN … Continued

Indigenous Bar Association seeks immediate protection of all indigenous peoples

OTTAWA – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) today expressed its outrage with the systemic racism within the justice system, particularly the jury selection process that allowed injustices to go unanswered in the death of Colten Boushie. The IBA also expresses its sincere condolences to the Boushie family and to the Red Pheasant First Nation for … Continued

Indigenous Bar Association optimistic for national engagement on the recognition of indigenous rights legal framework

OTTAWA – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) wishes to express its optimism with the announcement made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on February 14, 2018 to implement necessary reform in the federal government’s relationship with Indigenous people. We remain optimistic that the goals for reform outlined by the Prime Minister for national engagement will create … Continued

The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) is delighted to announce the favourable decision in Williams Lake Indian band v Canada (aboriginal affairs and northern development), 2018 scc 4

Ottawa, ON – The decision, released on Friday, February 2, 2018, concerned whether the Crown in right of Canada (“Canada”) could be held responsible under the Specific Claims Tribunal Act for losses arising from events that occurred pre-Confederation. It also considered whether, if Canada could be held responsible, Canada had owed, and breached, a fiduciary … Continued

Indigenous Bar Association committed to empowering indigenous peoples to meaningfully exercise their right to belong to an indigenous community or nation

Ottawa, ON – On December 12, 2017, Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act in response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux c. Canada (Procureur général) received Royal Assent. Bill S-3 established several new categories of individuals who are entitled to register as Indians under section 6 of the Indian Act. Some … Continued

Indigenous Bar Association once more expresses its disappointment with prime minister Justin Trudeau’s failure to nominate an indigenous candidate to the supreme court of Canada

Ottawa, ON – On November 29th, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his nominee, Justice Sheilah Martin, to the Supreme Court of Canada. While not impugning the suitability of Ms. Martin as a candidate, the IBA is profoundly disappointed that the Prime Minister did not nominate an Indigenous jurist to the Supreme Court of Canada. … Continued

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