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

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 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

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 Officially Removes Obiector Status on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Tuesday

OTTAWA – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) recognizes the Government of Canada’s recent decision to adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in accordance with the Canadian Constitution and without “qualification.” The IBA was interested in the Minister of Indigenous Affairs’ announcement regarding the Declaration, “breathing life into Section … 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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