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

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

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

IBA’s 32nd Annual Fall Conference

April 30, 2020 Dear Members of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada and Esteemed IPCs, RE: IBA’s 32nd Annual Fall Conference I am writing in my capacity as the President of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) with respect to our 32nd Annual Fall Conference scheduled for October 8, 9 and 10, 2020 … Continued

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