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TRC@1: Gratitude for the invitation to the Treaty relationship

In the 1990s, for people like myself, who immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong, there was an expression that people used to talk about their feelings about their transition to their new home. Have you become “accustomed” to Canada? Was it easy to get “accustomed” to Canada? At the time, I thought it was easy


Traditional Knowledge collection, confidentiality, and ownership: some issues to consider

When traditional knowledge is collected in the context of the study, who owns it? And does the knowledge stay confidential? There is no doubt that collecting traditional knowledge is crucially important, especially because of the effects that residential schools have had on the intergenerational transmission of traditional knowledge. However, Indigenous communities should be aware that


TRC@1: Pop goes the weasel words? Translating UNDRIP into action

On May 9, Canada ceded its lonely position on the global stage as the sole nation state  that still refused to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Canada finally and enthusiastically announced it is endorsing and implementing UNDRIP. At the same time, the Canadian media continued to report on


OKT presents: a series of blog posts in honour of the 1st anniversary of the TRC calls to action

On a bookshelf in OKT’s library is a tattered copy of the 1996 report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. We have tried to get a new copy but they are hard to come by because the government has not reprinted them; the electronic version is contained on an old CD-ROM that many computers


Articling opportunity 2017-2018

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 articling year. If you have a demonstrated interest in the areas of law we practice, we encourage you to submit your application. We are a law firm dedicated to advancing justice for Aboriginal peoples. Our firm of 28 lawyers serves Aboriginal governments, organizations and individuals in a


OKT Honours Bear Witness Day

OKT is proud to support Cindy Blackstock and the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada in their campaign to implement Jordan’s Principle. After Dr Blackstock and the Caring Society won their case at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal against discrimination against on-reserve residents in the provision of social services, the Tribunal ordered


The Honour of the Crown means honouring the Treaties

by Nancy Kleer and Gillian Paul Canada is facing a crisis when it comes to the lives and well-being of many indigenous people. Suicide pacts, boil water advisories, rampant diabetes, overcrowded homes  …  the list goes on. First Nations suffer from significant funding disparities between on-reserve services and those available to the general Canadian public.


Supreme Court says federal government has legislative power over the Métis and non-status Indians

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in R v. Daniels, a landmark case about the constitutional relationship between the federal and provincial governments and the Métis and non‑status Indians. Background When Canada was created in 1867, its Constitution set out which level of government—the federal government or the provinces—would have the authority


OKT welcomes Sara Mainville

OKT LLP is thrilled to announce that Sara Mainville will be joining the firm as a senior associate. Sara is a member of Couchiching First Nation in the Anishinaabe territory of Treaty #3. She brings to the firm a broad range of remarkable experience working on indigenous issues over the past two decades. Sara has


Indigenous religious freedom case heads to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal the decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in Ktunaxa Nation v British Columbia. This case has important implications for indigenous communities seeking to protect their sacred sites from desecration. What is the case about? After a long process, the British Columbia Minister of Forests,