INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION IN CANADA RESPONDS TO STATEMENTS REGARDING INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS IN COURTROOMS

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

THE IBA CONGRATULATES NINGIUKADLUK MARY SIMON, CANADA’S FIRST INDIGENOUS GOVERNOR GENERAL-DESIGNATE

For Immediate Release  July 12, 2021 Ottawa, ONT – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) congratulates Ningiukadluk Mary Simon, the first Inuk and first Indigenous person named Governor General of Canada. Known as a skilled diplomat and strong advocate of Inuit rights, Ms. Simon’s recent appointment as Governor General-designate is historic, well-deserved, and … Continued

THE INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION CONTINUES TO MOURN GENERATIONS OF INDIGENOUS CHILDREN VICTIMIZED BY CANADIAN RESIDENTIAL “SCHOOL” SYSTEMS

For Immediate Release Wednesday, June 30, 2021 For those presently in need of support during these trying times, the IBA urges you to contact the Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419, or the Indigenous Residential School Survivors’ Society at 1-800-721-0066. Ottawa, ONT – Following the recent announcement of several-hundred unmarked gravesites located within Cowessess First … Continued

THE IBA CONGRATULATES THE HONOURABLE MAHMUD JAMAL ON HIS APPOINTMENT TO THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA & ENCOURAGES CANADA TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO REMOVE SYSTEMIC BARRIERS THAT CONTINUE TO EXCLUDE INDIGENOUS JURISTS

For Immediate Release Sunday June 20, 2021 Ottawa, ONT – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) congratulates the Honourable Mahmud Jamal on his appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. Born in Kenya, Justice Jamal has the historic distinction of being the first person of colour to be appointed to the Supreme Court … Continued

THE INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION IN CANADA GRIEVES WITH THE TK’EMLUPS TE SECWEPEMC AND ALL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN CANADA WHO CONTINUE TO SUFFER THE EFFECTS OF GENOCIDE

For Immediate Release Friday, June 11, 2021 OTTAWA, ON – The members of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) are horrified by the discovery of the remains of 215 children on the reserve of the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc near the Kamloops residential school. The members of the IBA, many of whom are related … Continued

THE IBA DENOUNCES DOMESTIC TERRORISM AFFLICTED ON MI’KMAW FISHERIES, AND CALLS UPON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF MI’KMAW FISHERIES IN MI’KMA’KI

October 16, 2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) in Canada denounces the attack by non-Indigenous fishermen on Mi’kmaw harvesters providing a livelihood and food for their families and community in Mi’kma’ki (what is currently known as Nova Scotia). The recent violent and disturbing acts of terrorism are directly linked to the … Continued

IBA DEMANDS ALL LEVELS OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MAKE SUBSTANTIVE AND FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES TO CANADIAN POLICING FOLLOWING MULTIPLE DEATHS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE BY POLICE

June 17, 2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, ONT – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) expresses outrage and dismay at the continued use of excessive and deadly force by police in Canada against Indigenous Peoples. Rooted in colonialism, the systemic racism and violence against Indigenous Peoples must end. The time for substantive and fundamental … Continued

IBA STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT AND CALLS UPON FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS AND THE MEDIA TO PUT AN END TO SYSTEMIC ANTI-BLACK RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION IN CANADA

June 7, 2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, ONT – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Canada and the United States and the protests that have emerged following the deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and so many other … Continued

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