IBA WELCOMES NEWLY ANNOUNCED FEDERAL CABINET – CALLS FOR ACTION ON LAW AND JUSTICE MATTERS FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (IBA) welcomes back Minister of Justice David Lametti, Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal, and Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller, in his new role. The IBA extend greetings to Minister of Indigenous Services Patty Hajdu and Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino.

The IBA would also like to congratulate the twelve Indigenous Members of Parliament who were elected following the 44th General Election, including those esteemed members of the IBA. “This has surpassed the record set in the 42nd General Election which saw 10 MPs being First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples,” said President Drew Lafond, “and we look forward to working with the Indigenous elected representatives, and certainly with caucus, to continue the important work for our families, Nations and communities.”

We also look forward to continuing the work initiated prior to the 44th federal election, including advancing Access to Justice for Indigenous peoples, a more equitable process for Supreme Court nominees, de-carceration of Indigenous peoples, re-establishing the Law Commission of Canada with an Indigenous section, and implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and the MMIWG2SLGTBQ+ action plan.

The Indigenous Bar Association is a national association comprised of Indigenous lawyers (practicing and non-practicing), legal academics and scholars, articling clerks and law students, including graduate and post-graduate law students.We are mandated to promote the advancement of legal and social justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada and the reform of laws and policies affecting Indigenous peoples. For more information, please contact IBA President Drew Lafond (dlafond@indigenousbar.ca) or visit www.indigenousbar.ca.