Indigenous Women and the Law - The Design of the MMIW Inquiry
by Alex Keenan on July 27, 2016
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.
Daniels: What Does It Mean?
by Lanise Hayes on June 30, 2016
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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The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A New Era for Canada?
by Alex Keenan on June 16, 2016
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.
Indigenous Language Education: Is it an Aboriginal Right?
by Alex Keenan on May 10, 2016
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.
TAGS: Constitution Act
Supreme Court expands definition of "Indians"
by Blog Editor on April 29, 2016
Are Métis and non-status Indians considered to be “Indians” under s. 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867?
Henry Daniels asked the courts this question in 1999, and 17 years later, the Supreme Court of Canada gave him an answer: “Yes”.
On April 14, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development). Though Henry Daniels was no longer alive to hear it, his son Gabriel Daniels was present at the Supreme Court to celebrate his father’s long-fought success.
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