In the “What’s New?” section you will find information about the latest news related to the Indigenous Bar Association and Indigenous Law in Canada.

 

IBA ANNOUNCES 2021 CONFERENCE THEME & REGISTRATION INFO

The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) is excited to announce it is hosting a hybrid in-person and online annual conference from Thursday, October 21 to Saturday, October 23. The conference will take place at the River Cree Resort and Casino, on Maskekosihk (Enoch Cree Nation), in Treaty 6 territory – near Edmonton, Alberta. Conference registration is … Continued

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 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 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

2021 Award Winner – David C. Nahwegahbow, IPC, LSM, of Nahwegahbow, Corbiere Genoodmagejig, recipient of The Award of Justice

The Advocates’ Society Award of Justice is intended to honour advocates who exemplify the finest traditions of advocacy in representing members of our society whose cause may be politically or socially unpopular or against the mainstream, and who make a substantial contribution to achieving the goal of social justice by championing the rights and liberties … Continued

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