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Celebrating Anniversaries: A Year after CHRT’s Ruling on Discriminatory Funding of Welfare Services for First Nations Children

January 26, 2017 marked the first-year anniversary of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s (“The Tribunal”) landmark decision regarding the issue of funding for child welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserve and in the Yukon. The complaint was filed in 2008 by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (“the […]


Edward Apolonio
Edward Apolonio is a student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta and a member of Pro Bono Students Canada

Aboriginal Child Protection and Dual Citizenship: Membership has its Benefits

In British Columbia, the Director representing the Ministry of Children and Family Development must notify the Aboriginal community (i.e. Indian Band) when there are child protection concerns such as removal of a child from their parents. Under the Child, Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA), an Aboriginal Community (i.e. “treaty first nation, an Indian band […]


Troy Hunter
Troy Hunter
Troy Hunter J.D. (Co-op Law) is an aboriginal lawyer. He owns and operates New Columbia Law Corporation in New Westminster, BC.

Envisioning an Indigenous Jurisdictional Process: A nehiyaw (Cree) Law Approach

Acknowledging Indigenous Laws and Legal Orders Indigenous laws and legal orders are the first original laws of the land we now call “Canada” and have been in existence since time immemorial.  However, the imposition of western colonial law(s), legal systems and policies upon Indigenous Peoples and Nations has had significant impact upon our ability to […]


Janice Makokis
Janice Makokis is from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation (Treaty No. 6) and is currently an advisor with Yellowhead Tribal Council and is on Faculty within the Indigenous Programs, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta. She is an Indigenous advocate, legal scholar and academic. She holds a BA in Native Studies (University of Alberta), an MA in Indigenous Governance (University of Victoria) and an LLB (University of Ottawa).

The “Sixties Scoop”: A Dark Chapter in Canadian History

An Act of Visibility When a forgotten story in history is acknowledged, the people surrounding that story become more visible. Justice Edward Belobaba’s recent ruling in favour of Ontario’s Sixties Scoop survivors marks an historical act of visibility where Canada’s dark colonial history is recognized as being one with many chapters and secrets. It is […]


Rachel Shabalin
Rachel Shabalin is a writer residing in Calgary, Alberta. She has a B.A. with Honours in English from the University of Calgary.

The Missing Children Project

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.   George Orwell When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (“TRC”) was established, it was a direct result of a Settlement Agreement between Residential School Survivors, the Assembly of First Nations, church organizations and the Government of Canada.  It […]


Stephanie Jansen
Stephanie Jansen is a student-at-law at the law firm of Attia Reeves in Edmonton, Alberta.

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