Rules for Downhillers

Rules for Downhillers

It’s not every legal decision that comes with its very own downhill ski diagram. You know, what they give you when you buy your lift ticket. But that’s what’s tacked on to the latest BC ruling (a native legal loss) and if ever there was a picture worth 1000 words – this is it. See that area highlighted as “Coming Soon” – that’s the basis for the latest Adams Lake First...

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Hot Time Summer in the City!

What with one faction of native activists proclaiming there’s no point in pursuing any more court actions; another faction saying there’s no point in meeting with the federal government, and yet another faction promising that it’s going to be one hot summer – I ask:  “What is one supposed to make out of this apparently confused and directionless situation”? One alternative that...

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Keewatin – Native legal win #179

Here’s a CBC interview regarding this important Ontario Court of Appeal ruling: A strategist and lawyer argues the recent court ruling against Grassy Narrows should actually be considered a victory for First Nations. On Monday, Ontario’s Court of Appeal said the provincial government has the authority to issue logging permits on Grassy Narrows traditional territory, overturning a previous...

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Manitoba Métis – Legal win #177

For the second time in a week, Louis Riel and the Manitoba Métis made the national news – both times written up by Supreme Court judges. Retired Justice Iacobucci’s report on jury representation had this to say: The Métis leader, Louis Riel, was charged with high treason and convicted by a jury of six English and Scottish Protestants after only 30 minutes of deliberations. Riel was...

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Who’s Who at The Forks?

It’s timely that the Canadian Human Rights Museum is opening soon at the corner of Portage and Main – near The Forks – directly across the river from Riel’s tomb. That’s because the human rights of the three founding communities of the Province of Manitoba (Indian, Métis, Settler) are likewise front and center today; on account of the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent...

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