Aboriginal peoples


Creed and human rights for Indigenous peoples

The Ontario Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination and harassment based on 17 personal attributes – called grounds. Creed is one of the protected grounds. This resource covers these topics:

  • What protection does the Ontario Human...

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 22 June 2018

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

One in two Indigenous children in danger of going to school hungry:


Indigenous Peoples in Ontario and the Ontario Human Rights Code (brochure)

This brochure describes how Indigenous Peoples are protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code. It includes these topics:

  • Ontario's Human Rights Code
  • What is discrimination?
  • What is harassment?
  • How do I know...

Indigenous spiritual practices are protected under Ontario's Human Rights Code

Information from the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC):

What protection does the Ontario Human Rights Code offer?

The Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) recognizes...


Jury selection report shows system biased, say lawyers

A report by a judge in Ottawa is making waves among lawyers because it reveals the statistics about the composition of juries in two Eastern Ontario regions. 

Lawyers say the report shows how the system can be biased.

The report,...


Prison system failed to ensure security tests aren't racially biased against Indigenous inmates

Canada's prison service is using security tests that may discriminate against Indigenous offenders and keep them behind bars longer and in more restrictive environments, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.

In a 7-2 decision, ...


Too many Indigenous women are in prison—but sentencing flexibility will help

From an opinion piece in Macleans: Patricia M. Barkaskas is the academic director of the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Emma Cunliffe is an...


Pleading guilty when innocent: A truth for too many Indigenous people

From a Globe and Mail opinion piece: Amanda Carling is a Métis lawyer and the president of the board of directors at Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto.

Every day innocent people – a disproportionate number of them...


Ontario lawyers receive guide to Indigenous legal rights, history and culture

The regulatory body for Ontario's lawyers and paralegals has released a guide to help legal professionals better understand the legal rights, history and culture of Indigenous people.

The Law Society of Ontario's 115-page "Guide for Lawyers...


Grassy Narrows mercury victims up to 6 times more likely to have debilitating health problems, report says

Residents of a northwestern Ontario First Nation who have been diagnosed with mercury poisoning are up to six times more likely to suffer from a wide range of debilitating health problems, a new report finds.

That's among the conclusions from...

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