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. There were qualified Indigenous candidates in the pool and this decision neglects the importance and urgency of including Indigenous lawyers, judges and academics within Canada’s judiciary. The IBA is further disappointed given the Prime Ministers affirmation in June 2017, that “no relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous peoples”.

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