IN THE WAKE OF THE WET’SUWET’EN RESISTANCE, THE IBA CALLS FOR SUBSTANTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF UNDRIP INCLUDING CONSENT, CONSULTATION, AND COOPERATION WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2021 OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) calls upon the provincial Crown to work in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to substantively implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”). This is urgently needed relating to decisions and actions affecting Indigenous Peoples’ … Continued

IBA Announces Changes to 33rd Annual Conference (October 2021)

Tansi IBA Members, I am writing in my capacity as President of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) and on behalf of the IBA’s Board of Directors to inform you of changes to the IBA’s 33rd Annual Conference originally scheduled to take place in Edmonton on October 21, 22 and 23, 2021. In … Continued

THE IBA CELEBRATES THE CAREER OF PROFESSOR CATHERINE BELL

For Immediate Release 1 July 2021 Ottawa, ONT – The Indigenous Bar Association (the “IBA”) celebrates the distinguished career of Professor Catherine Bell. A law graduate of both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of British Columbia, Professor Catherine Bell has served as a Professor of Law at the University of Alberta for a … 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 IBA REMEMBERS THOMAS BERGER QC, OC, OBC, FOR HIS SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO ADVANCING THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN CANADA

May 3, 2021FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, ONT – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) pays tribute and remembers Thomas Berger QC, OC, OBC, as a tireless and dedicated advocate for Indigenous title and rights. His strong innate sense of justice changed the legal relationship between Canada and Indigenous Nations for the better. Mr. Berger … Continued

THE IBA CONGRATULATES HELEN G. SEMAGANIS ON HER QUEEN’S COUNSEL DESIGNATION

January 13, 2021FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, ONT – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) congratulates Helen Gertrude Semaganis on her Queen’s Counsel designation. Helen Semaganis is a member of the Poundmaker Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and was called to the Bar in 1996. Helen has practised in the areas of family, employment, wills … Continued

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