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

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

The IBA Applauds the Name Change of “Killsquaw Lake” to Kikiskisitotawânawak Iskwêwak Lakes in Saskatchewan

For Immediate Release November 20, 2018 THE INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION APPLAUDS THE NAME CHANGE OF “KILLSQUAW LAKE” TO KIKISKISITOTAWÂNAWAK ISKWÊWAK LAKES IN SASKATCHEWAN OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) applauds the efforts in Saskatchewan to change the name of “Killsquaw Lake” to Kikiskisitotawânawak Iskwêwak Lakes (which translates to “We honour the women” Lakes … 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’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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