FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13 July 2021 OTTAWA, ONT – On May 25th, 2021, Federal Court Justice Richard Bell voiced his strong objections to the practice of recognizing traditional and unceded Indigenous lands within courtroom procedures. In response to these comments, the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) wishes to express its extreme disappointment.[1]  During … Continued


April 10, 2020 By Alexandria Winterburn, Member-at-large and Brooks Arcand-Paul, Vice President Premier Brian Pallister’s response to the proposed federal legislation on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UN Declaration”) implies Premier Pallister has a callow and concerning  understanding of Aboriginal and Treaty rights and the fundamental history and laws of … Continued

The Indigenous Bar Association commends the University of Victoria on the introduction of a new joint degree program in Canadian common law and indigenous legal orders

OTTAWA, ON – The IBA enthusiastically applauds the University of Victoria’s development of a joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders. Students will graduate after four years with a Juris Doctor and a Juris Indigenarum Doctor (JID). News was released last week confirming funding in the provincial budget. This will be … 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

“IBA and NSAHRC seek support of Canadians for the appointment of Aboriginal Peoples to courts of appeals and Supreme Court of Canada”.

The IBA has been working with Canadians, National Aboriginal organizations and others within Canada to promote the necessity to have Aboriginal peoples included in our national institutions.  This effort to engage Canadians has recently been focused specifically on the inclusion of Aboriginal peoples and Indigenous legal Traditions in the courts.  These concerted have resulted in many positive … Continued

IBA: Aboriginal Appointments to Appellate Courts

Recent Events IBA Submissions to the House of Commons Subcommittee on the Process for Appointment to the Federal Judiciary, Ottawa, November 22, 2005. view written submissions (pdf) / link to transcripts Urgent IBA letter to federal Minister of Justice Irwin  Cotler (November 14, 2005) “Aboriginals fear they were shut out of Supreme Court” Hill Times Article (November 14, 2005) IBA … Continued

2005 Annual Legal Dimensions Initiative

The Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT), the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA), the Canadian Council of Law Deans (CCLD), and the Law Commission of Canada are pleased to announce that the 2005 Annual Legal Dimensions Initiative has been posted. The theme for the 2005 Legal Dimensions Initiative is “Indigenous legal traditions“.  Indigenous communities … Continued

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