News in Aboriginal Issues
A lawsuit by children of the 'Sixties Scoop' was stalled in January when the case was sent back to be re-certified as a class action.
The Court said that factors such as cultural oppression and a history of abuse in the residential school system must be central to the sentencing process.
The Supreme Court of Canada will weigh in on the controversial Gladue principle with two precedent-setting cases.
The act that allows mining companies to stake claims on crown land without consulting First Nations must change, says an expert in aboriginal law.
In this YouTube video (6:30 minutes), aboriginal women look at the issue of racism and the high rate of violent death among their women and the need to restore aboriginal women to their historic place as the centre of their communities.
The lawyer, appointed to represent the interests of aboriginal people at the inquiry, cited delays in calling aboriginal witnesses, a lack of panels on aboriginal issues, and the focus on police witnesses.
Bill C-10 includes rules that could undo efforts to divert Aboriginal inmates away from serial engagements with the justice system.
In 2010, the chair of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal dismissed a human rights complaint against the government from two First Nations organizations. Now, the tribunal's decision is coming before the Federal Court for judicial review.
A court decision is seen as a major setback for aboriginal plaintiffs, now adults, who allege Ottawa stripped them of their cultural identity by sending them off as children to non-aboriginal homes.
Date February 25, 2012
Time 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)
Where Victoria College at the University of Toronto
Panels will discuss topics including the omnibus crime bill, the right to strike and back-to-work legislation, insights from the Insite decision, the
Occupy movement, the place of politics in the courtroom, criminal justice issues affecting Aboriginal people, advocating for change in policing, the
constitutionality of capacity and consent, and extractive industries and Indigenous peoples.