Aboriginal peoples


March 22-23: First Nations Justice Forum

Information from Chiefs of Ontario: The Chiefs of Ontario Justice Sector invites you to attend an upcoming Justice Forum, titled "Justice as Healing" on March 22-23 in Thunder Bay. We are bringing together diverse groups of people who...


Judge strikes down mandatory minimum law in Toronto drug mule case

A Brampton judge has struck down the mandatory minimum law for drug importation, finding it would be cruel and unusual punishment to sentence an impoverished single Indigenous mother to two years in prison.

Superior Court Justice Casey Hill's...


Family of Joey Knapaysweet, man shot and killed after fleeing Timmins police, issues statement

The parents of a 21-year-old man shot and killed in Timmins, Ont., by local police this month have issued a media statement saying they "need answers." 

According to Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, Joey Knapaysweet died on...


21 February: Reflections on rights: James Anaya speaks on Indigenous Peoples and human rights

The Ontario Human Rights Commission, in collaboration with Indigenous knowledge keepers, academics and organizations, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law...


The Spectator's view: Canada needs Indigenous jurors

From an opinion piece in the Hamilton Spectator: In Canadian courts of law, justice should not only be done, it should be seen to be done.

On this principle hangs the credibility of our entire legal system.



Provincial government invests funds in eastern Ontario justice system

The provincial government is spending over $7 million in an attempt to improve access to justice in eastern Ontario and the capital region.

Part of the funds will go to a pilot project to connect defence counsel via video link with their...


Youth will have say in coroner's review of group and foster home safety

Young people will play a key role in determining how to prevent more youths from dying while in the care of group homes and foster homes.
Ontario's chief coroner, Dirk Huyer, is putting together a team of up to 10 youths...

Government of Ontario Expands Helpline for Indigenous Women Facing Violence

From a Government of Ontario news release: Ontario is expanding helpline services to support Indigenous women and their families facing violence.

The province is supporting Beendigen Inc., an Indigenous family shelter in...


Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould concerned about low number of Indigenous people on juries

Canada's Justice Minister says she is concerned about the under-representation of Indigenous people on Canadian juries.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said that legislated changes...


$1.1B class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of former 'Indian hospital' patients

Two Canadian law firms have filed a $1.1-billion class-action lawsuit on behalf of former patients of government-run "Indian hospitals," which comprised a decades-long segregated health care system now marred by allegations of widespread...

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