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

60s Scoop Decision

The Indigenous Bar Association wishes to recognize the recent Ontario Superior Court decision, Brown v Canada (Attorney General) 2017 ONSC 251 concerning certain victims of the “60’s Scoop”. The decision marks a turning point in Canadian jurisprudence and a step forward for reconciliation, particularly for those Indigenous people whose forced removal from their childhood homes resulted in the … Continued

Canada Officially Removes Obiector Status on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Tuesday

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 … Continued

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

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 … Continued

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