Aboriginal peoples


Law society discovers 'systemic weaknesses' in protecting Indigenous people from unscrupulous lawyers

The Law Society of Upper Canada is reviewing its approach to handling complaints from Indigenous people who say they have been misrepresented by lawyers.

A recent case involving a lawyer from Kenora, Ont., "exposed serious systemic...


Northern Ontarians suffer from poor health and access to care: report

From a Toronto Star article: Nearly 300 kilometres separate Timmins from Sudbury. That's the distance France Picotte has had to drive with her mothers and sisters-in-law when they needed...


May 4: Indigenous Peoples' Court in Thunder Bay

Information from the Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre: The Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre would like to invite you to an upcoming community information session:

Indigenous Peoples' Court in Thunder Bay

How a new...


Ottawa changes policy to ensure women giving birth away from reserves aren't alone

Health Minister Jane Philpott says Ottawa will now pay for someone to travel with Indigenous women who need to leave their communities to give birth – a change to what she called an "extremely unhelpful" policy.


Nova Scotia tackles racial profiling in stores: 'It's about a societal transformation'

More than a decade after racial profiling was identified as a festering problem among some police forces, it is now being addressed in another sector: retailing.

After years of complaints about retail staff who routinely follow, search,...


The 2017 Federal Budget and Income Security

Information from the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC): The federal Budget announced on March 22 does very little to address the poverty and income inequality that...


Vancouver law firm seeks legal grounding of unwritten Indigenous laws

A Vancouver law firm is trying to give unwritten Indigenous laws more legal sway.

The project, spearheaded by West Coast Environmental Law, rewrites traditional and often forgotten ...


ISAC's Media & Policy News: 17 March 2017

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

Top stories include:

Ontario housing minister vows to boost rent control after CBC Toronto...


Prison watchdog sees sharp decline in use of solitary confinement

Canada's prison system is holding fewer inmates in solitary confinement, and for shorter periods of time.

Correctional investigator Ivan Zinger released new figures today showing the number of admissions to segregation dropped in 2015...


First Nations students learn how to file complaints against police in Thunder Bay, Ont.

From a CBC news item: Miranda Brown says she wanted to know if police officers are always right.

​The 15-year-old from Wapekeka First Nation said it can sometimes feel like that, especially when she's a long way from home...

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