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The Advocates’ Society, the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario publish 1st Supplement to the Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples

September 29, 2022 The Advocates’ Society, the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario are pleased to announce the release of the 1st Supplement to the Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples today, in advance of Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Supplement provides guidance to the legal profession on […]

by ahnationtalk on September 29, 202213 Views

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MCA Developing Law for Child Rights and Protection

September 23, 2022 The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is developing a new community law which will protect the interests of children who are involved in child welfare services.  The “Child’s Rights & Responsibilities Law” will be developed over the next year, but the community’s input is greatly needed now prior to the actual drafting of […]

by ahnationtalk on September 23, 202216 Views

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OKT Supports Ontario First Nations in Reaching Historic Agreement for Hydro One Ownership

From the beginning to here OKT has supported GLP and its 8 First Nation Owners who together pushed HONI for this new approach to indigenous ownership. Hydro One Networks Inc (HONI) announced on Sep 21 2022 that it is offering a 50% equity / ownership share in new transmission projects over $100 million in cost, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 23, 202212 Views

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OKT Tops Best Lawyers Rankings

OKT is proud to be recognized by Best Lawyers magazine as Law Firm of the Year in the area of Indigenous and First Nations Practice. Several OKT partners have also been named as Lawyer of the Year in the field of Indigenous and First Nations Practice. Congrats to our great team! Larry Innes Nancy J. Kleer Lorraine […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 202215 Views

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Justice Canada allots funding to back uOttawa Law’s new Indigenous law certificate program – Law Times

29 Aug 2022 The Department of Justice Canada announced that it had allotted $596,565 in funding over the next three years to back a new Indigenous law certificate program launched by the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law – Civil Law Section this month. Initiated by professor Eva Ottawa, the Certificate in Indigenous Law aims […]

by ahnationtalk on August 30, 202231 Views

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Ceremony to launch the University of Ottawa’s inaugural Indigenous Law Certificate

August 15, 2022 The certificate will offer Indigenous learners an introduction to the legal systems of different Indigenous peoples in Canada, which they will be encouraged to compare with Quebec and Canadian state-derived systems in certain key areas of law. The Certificate was initiated by Professor Eva Ottawa, an Atikamekw-Nehirowiskwew and member of the Manawan […]

by ahnationtalk on August 16, 202234 Views

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Opportunity for renewing treaty federalism, recognizing Canada’s legal pluralism, part two – OKT

Courts have ruled that Indian Act governments are subject to the Charter; however, they operate under delegated authority. The exercise of inherent power is distinct. Neither the Crown nor any of its laws — including the Constitution and Charter — are the source of inherent rights; they merely recognize them. (On the application of the Charter to Indian […]

by ahnationtalk on July 28, 202231 Views

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Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation: An Opportunity for Renewing Treaty Federalism and Recognizing Canada’s Legal Pluralism OKT

The relationship between the individual rights to freedom and equality secured under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the recognition of the collective rights of Indigenous Peoples under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, has long been a point of contention and uncertainty for Indigenous Peoples. The Supreme Court of Canada has the […]

by ahnationtalk on July 26, 202235 Views

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MCA: Child’s Rights & Responsibilities Law – Community Input Sessions

July 20, 2022 As a result of the Legislative Development Priorities Survey (completed in May 2022), Akwesasronon identified a new law to be created for the community: the Child’s Rights & Responsibilities Law. A Working Task Group has been created for this law, along with a work plan and schedule for its legislative development. The […]

by ahnationtalk on July 20, 202233 Views

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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Grants Extension to Allow for DTCA in Precedent Setting Decision

OKT LLP was proud to assist Algonquin First Nations, including Kebaowek First Nation, in their interventions before the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in its hearing on Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ licensing application for the construction of a Near Surface Disposal Facility at Chalk River. On July 5th, the CNSC released its decision to grant an […]

by ahnationtalk on July 6, 202240 Views

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