Duty to Consult

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 29: “Indigenous peoples have the right to the conservation and protection of the environment and the productive capacity of their lands or territories and resources. States shall establish and implement...
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15 Apr 2016

Searching for Home

Fugitive, runaway, criminal. These are the words used to describe Clifford Laframboise if you Google his name. Kind, gentle, committed father. These are the words used to describe Clifford Thomas if you ask his friends and family. Laframboise and Thomas are the same man. Born as...
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15 Apr 2016

Walking for Water

Get out a glass. Turn on the tap. Drink. It’s a simple ritual for most Canadians. But for the nearly half million residents living on First Nation reserves, their water may be laced with mercury, arsenic, uranium. More than 100 First Nations communities are currently...
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15 Apr 2016

Gladue and Restorative Justice

At the sentencing hearing in January, Justice David Cole turned to Jason Gardner and spoke to him directly. “You will need to be a strong and persistent advocate for yourself,” he said. “Passivity and sullen resistance will get you nowhere, except possibly to be ‘gated.’” Gardner...
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Setting Precedents

Alyssa Flaherty-Spence sat in a circle with her classmates and looked at each one of them. She wasn’t staring, but it wouldn’t matter if she was. As an Indigenous woman in an Aboriginal law class, Flaherty-Spence felt comfortable making eye contact with her peers and expressing...
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