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February 21: Tax Benefits For Indigenous Peoples

Information from Toronto Public Libraries: A representative from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will talk about tax benefits and credits for Indigenous peoples, and where to get...

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'Racist attitudes' contributed to poor Indigenous death investigations by Thunder Bay police, report says

Ontario's independent police watchdog says systemic racism exists throughout the Thunder Bay Police Service, and that the "inadequacy" of at least nine investigations into the deaths of Indigenous people over the past several years was "so problematic...

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Bill to curb violence against Indigenous women could hurt those it aims to protect, warns lawyer

An Anishinaabe criminal lawyer is concerned that a bill promoting harsher sentences for people who commit crimes against Indigenous women may actually end up hurting the group it's trying to protect.  

Promise Holmes Skinner says she's...

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Thunder Bay Police Services Board swears in first Indigenous chair

Celina Reitberger, the first Indigenous chair of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board, was sworn in Monday.

Reitberger, a member of Fort William First Nation, was appointed to the board by the provincial government in December 2017....

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Hearst councillor Gaetan Baillargeon says province changing rules on pledging allegiance to the Crown

A newly elected town councillor in Hearst, Ont., says he won't have to give up his seat after refusing to swear allegiance to the Queen.

Last week, Gaetan Baillargeon, a member of the Constance Lake First Nation, was scheduled to be sworn in...

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Ottawa reaches agreement in principle to settle Indian Day School class-action lawsuit

The federal government says a "dark and tragic chapter in Canadian history" is one step closer to resolution with a deal on a potentially multibillion-dollar settlement for former students of Indian Day Schools.

Garry McLean, the lead...

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Ontario reviewing law after Indigenous councillor refuses oath to the Queen

The Ontario government said on Wednesday it was looking into rules requiring all municipal councillors to pledge allegiance to the Queen after an Indigenous councillor-elect refused to do so.

The issue arose in Hearst, Ont., where Gaetan...

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Ottawa to hand over child welfare services to Indigenous governments

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said Friday that the federal government plans to hand over control of child welfare services to Indigenous governments, in an effort to drive down the massive number of Indigenous children in foster care....

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December 4: Role of the lawyer in the Office of the Children's Lawyer, Thunder Bay

Information from Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre: Earlier this fall we hosted an OCL session highlighting the role of the clinician within the OCL; this time we will focus on the role of the Lawyer in the OCL. As we...

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Beyond Gladue: How the Justice System Is Still Failing Indigenous Offenders

In early 1997, Jamie Tanis Gladue pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing her boyfriend in Nanaimo. She was sentenced to three years in prison.

Her case led to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that was supposed to change the way Indigenous offenders...

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