“IBA and NSAHRC seek support of Canadians for the appointment of Aboriginal Peoples to courts of appeals and Supreme Court of Canada”.

The IBA has been working with Canadians, National Aboriginal organizations and others within Canada to promote the necessity to have Aboriginal peoples included in our national institutions.  This effort to engage Canadians has recently been focused specifically on the inclusion of Aboriginal peoples and Indigenous legal Traditions in the courts.  These concerted have resulted in many positive outcomes, including the following:

  1. The IBA partnered with the Assembly of First Nations to convince Canadians on the merit of appointing an Aboriginal Person to Supreme Court of Canada.  On August 11, 2005 , the Globe and Mail published an Opinion of Phil Fontaine, the National Chief and Dianne Corbiere , the President of IBA with minor editorial changes.  Click here to read the original article.
  2. The IBA works with the Canadian Bar Association Aboriginal Law Section regarding an Aboriginal person needed at Supreme Court of Canada.  See the CBA resolution passed on August 13, 2005 at http://www.cba.org/CBA/resolutions/2005resdebate/
  3. The Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) adopts the position advanced by the IBA that an Aboriginal person should be appointed to Supreme Court of Canada based on convention.  Please read their document located at: http://www.acpd-calt.org/english/docs/SupremeCourt_panel.doc
  4. The National Secretariat against Hate & Racism in Canada (NSAHRC) supports the position on this matter advanced by IBA. Please view their paper at: https://www.indigenousbar.ca/pdf/aborjudges.pdf
  5. Minister of Justice, Irwin Cotler appoints the first Aboriginal person to an appellate court in Canada .  Please see article located on the IBA website.

For further information, please contact a member of the IBA Communications Committee.