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Indigenous Resources Part 2: The Tungasuvvingat Inuit

by Blog Editor on August 19, 2016

Indigenous Resources Part 2: The Tungasuvvingat Inuit

Throughout Canadian history, the Inuit community has overcome the effects of colonization aimed at oppressing their cultural identity. Despite the many changes that have threatened their knowledge, languages and way of life, the Inuit have maintained themselves as distinct peoples. The path to healing and reconciliation for this community has been an ongoing process, requiring collective efforts and a variety of resources. The Tungasuvvingat Inuit acknowledges this need, and has become an important local resource providing services to the Inuit community in Ottawa and southern Ontario.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

Indigenous Women and the Law - The Design of the MMIW Inquiry

by Alex Keenan on July 27, 2016

Indigenous Women and the Law - The Design of the MMIW Inquiry

After country-wide consultations, the Government of Canada has released a report that will guide the design of the federal inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. From the look of things, the legal system could be a major point of focus in the final design of the inquiry.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

Daniels: What Does It Mean?

by Lanise Hayes on June 30, 2016

Daniels: What Does It Mean?

When the Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), it changed the landscape of Indigenous rights. This decision impacts provincial and federal governments, industry and non-status Indian and Metis communities. More importantly, governments will have to rethink their policies and way of doing business, or not doing business, with non-status Indians and Metis peoples.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A New Era for Canada?

by Alex Keenan on June 16, 2016

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A New Era for Canada?

It has taken a long time for international law to recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples, and even longer for Canada to get on board. But with the Canadian government recently promising to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Cree Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash introducing an historic bill in the House of Commons, we have arrived at a potentially pivotal moment for Indigenous rights.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

Indigenous Language Education: Is it an Aboriginal Right?

by Alex Keenan on May 10, 2016

Indigenous Language Education: Is it an Aboriginal Right?

Canada’s Indigenous languages are in danger of disappearing. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has urged the government to make Indigenous language education a priority so that these traditions can be carried on into future generations.

The problem is rooted in Canada’s history of residential schools, where the government intentionally tried to stamp out Indigenous cultures and languages through  a policy of assimilation. As a result, many former students have lost, to one degree or another, the ability to speak and understand their own languages. Communities are now trying to make sure that their languages are taught to the younger generations before the knowledge is lost forever.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.