Recently Nova Scotia appointed the first female Mi’kmaq judge and also the third black women to the provincial and family courts. Premier Stephen McNeil calls the appointments of Catherine Benton and Ronda van der Hoek, “a huge step forward” for ethnic diversity on the bench.
THE CHRONICLE HERALD January 23, 2017
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) will be hosting the CBA Aboriginal Law Conference, June 1-2, 2017 in Winnipeg, MB. Some of the topics are: Honour of the Crown, The TRC and the UN Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The University of Saskatchewan, College of Law through the McKercher Lecture Series is presenting Grand Chief Derek Napinak from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs who will share his views regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Wunusweh Lecture in Aboriginal Law takes place Monday, January 16, 2017 7:00 – 8:00 pm at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre, University of Saskatchewan.
On Monday January 16, 2017, The Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre at the University of Saskatchewan will be hosting Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Darek Nepinak from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. He will share his views about the TRC recommendations and the original intent of the treaty relationship.
Brandon and Selkirk are the latest Manitoba communities considering starting their own Bear Claw Patrol groups. In Winnipeg, the Bear Clan walks the streets, keeping in touch with the city’s vulnerable individuals.
By Riley Laychuk, CBC News Posted: Jan 06, 2017
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale recently said that the First Nations Policing Program, in place for 25 years needs to be updated. Currently the Federal Government pays around half the cost for policing more than 338,000 citizens in almost 400 First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada.
By Tom Parry, CBC News Posted: Dec 21, 2016
The Saskatchewan government has announced that it’s canceling the Saskatchewan Police Aboriginal Recruiting Committee (SPARC), a program aimed at increasing the number of Indigenous police officers in the province. Officials were unable to say what will be done to replace it. In the last 10 year just 5% of police recruits were Indigenous compared to the 16% of the general population in Saskatchewan having Indigenous ancestry.
The Canadian Bar Association’s National Aboriginal Law Conference is taking place June 1-2, 2017 at The Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Data recently compiled to brief Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says Indigenous youth make up only 7% of the overall population but 41% of those entering the justice system. Also, recently the Auditor General in his report says that Indigenous offenders are more likely to be released directly from maximum or medium security facilities rather than a gradual release program. This reduces the chances of a successful reintegration into mainstream society.
By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 26, 2016
The University of Victoria has proposed a joint degree in Canadian common law and Indigenous law. This proposal is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Wendy Stueck The Globe and Mail Nov. 28, 2016