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

The Ontario Human Rights Code recognizes the dignity and worth of every person in Ontario, including status, non-status, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. 

Posted:
June 21, 2018
Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)

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.

Posted:
June 19, 2018
Article source:
Law Times

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: Supreme Court.

Posted:
June 13, 2018
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

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

Opinion: In the absence of real systemic reform, a bill that would allow judges to adjust sentences despite mandatory minimums makes an unjust system better.

Posted:
June 08, 2018
Article source:
Macleans Magazine

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.

Posted:
May 24, 2018
Article source:
Hamilton Spectator

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

The community commissioned expert Donna Mergler, a member of a World Health Organization-affiliated research group, to study the fallout of eating fish caught from nearby waterways.

Posted:
May 24, 2018
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

May 22 & 23: Racial Justice Forum: Lead the Change

When:

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6 p.m.: Keynote, plenary, reception
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 78 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

This Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change forum will focus on past wins, present campaigns, and future challenges.

Posted:
May 14, 2018
Article source:
Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change

New survey aims to strengthen relationship between city of Hamilton and Indigenous community

The survey is online until the end of June and will be used to help shape a report going to city council on what sorts of actions would help improve community relations.

Posted:
May 08, 2018
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Improving Indigenous Representation on Juries

The Debwewin Jury Review Implementation Committee has reported on what actions the Ontario government should take to address the 2013 report First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries.

Posted:
May 01, 2018
Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

'Urgent actions' needed to address violence against Indigenous women and girls — UN report

The United Nations special rapporteur says Canada should start addressing these issues now and not wait for the national inquiry to end.

Posted:
April 27, 2018
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)