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 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

INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION CALLS UPON FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL JUSTICE MINISTERS AND ATTORNEYS GENERAL TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE LOW-RISK INDIGENOUS INMATES OVER COVID-19

April 23, 2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada ( “IBA”) calls on federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General to immediately release low-risk Indigenous people who are currently incarcerated. For clarity, we define low-risk as anything below dangerous offender, which is a specific designation. With respect … Continued

THE INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR AN INQUIRY INTO THE DEATH OF 16-YEAR-OLD INDIGENOUS GIRL SHOT AND KILLED BY WINNIPEG POLICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 15, 2020 OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (“IBA”) expresses profound outrage and dismay at the disproportionate use of force by a member of the Winnipeg Police Service (“WPS”) who shot and killed Eishia Hudson, a 16-year old Indigenous girl last week. Despite numerous calls by local Indigenous and human rights … Continued

INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION CHALLENGES PREMIER’S UNDERSTANDING OF LAW

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

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

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