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OKT proud to take part in We Matter Campaign

by Michael McClurg Yesterday marked the launch of the We Matter Campaign, a national multimedia campaign that gathers positive messages directed at Indigenous youth who may be going through a difficult time. The devastating news of multiple youth suicides in Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan serves as a reminder of the importance of support and community


Alberta announces funding for Indigenous initiatives in green energy programs

by Julie-Anne Pariseau and Oliver MacLaren The Governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan recently committed to increase the number of megawatts (“MW”) generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, to be added to their respective grid. The ambitious targets set by both governments aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their consequences but


Human rights case to be heard about Indigenous mascots in sports

by Jeremiah Raining Bird OKT is proud to be working for Brad Gallant on a pro bono basis in his complaint against the City of Mississauga before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The complaint is in relation to the use of Indigenous mascots in minor hockey. His complaint alleges that the City discriminated against


Chapleau Cree ratify treaty lands settlement

By Bryce Edwards and Kaitlin Ritchie This is Chief Keeter Corston, on Saturday September 17, 2016 at Chapleau Cree First Nation’s (CCFN) Fox Lake Reserve, where CCFN, Ontario and Canada signed the Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Settlement Agreement, one of the first of its kind to be settled in Ontario. The TLE signing ceremony took


What if Canada held coast-to-coast environmental review hearings and nobody came?

By Matt McPherson and Michael McClurg The Environmental Assessment Expert Panel that the Government of Canada assembled to independently review Canada’s environmental assessment laws has now begun public hearings. The hearings are being fast-tracked to accommodate the government’s desire to introduce amended federal environment legislation next year.  (See OKT’s guide to the Panel process). Indigenous


LRP II and Indigenous engagement: Until we meet again?

By Liora Zimmerman and Oliver MacLaren The Ontario Minister of Energy announced yesterday that it will be suspending the second phase of the Large Renewable Procurement Process, known as LRP II, effective immediately. This is a (hopefully temporary) setback for First Nations in some areas of Ontario for whom LRP II represented a significant economic


Rethinking legal education – the Anishnaabe Law Camp

OKT is proud to announce the firm’s sponsorship and ongoing support for the ground-breaking annual Anishinaabe Law Camp organized by Osgoode Hall Law School and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. In 2014, OKT watched with interest as legal scholars and Anishinaabe traditional knowledge holders organized the first Anishinaabe Law Camp, at Neyaashiinigmiing (the Chippewas of Nawash


Canada Ordered to Stop Discriminating Against First Nations Children, For the Third Time

by Maggie Wente Today, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal released a decision in the ongoing case First Nations Child and Family Caring Society et al v. Canada, in which the Tribunal again orders Canada to stop discriminating against First Nations children in child welfare funding.  This is the third time this year that the Tribunal


Urgent: Funding deadline approaching for Indigenous communities who want to make representations to federal Environmental Assessment Review Expert Panel

Funding is available for Indigenous communities to participate in the Government of Canada’s review of its environmental review processes, but time is running out to apply. The deadline is September 9, 2016 for (arguably the most important) parts of the process, and September 23, 2016, for other parts. If you would like to apply for


What First Nation-Owned Businesses Need to Know About Collecting GST/HST

When does Canadian law require First Nations-owned businesses on reserve to collect GST/HST? When it comes to First Nation-owned businesses, what is involved and required in GST/HST registration and reporting is often misunderstood. Many First Nations who locate their businesses on reserve (incorrectly) believe that their customers do not have to pay GST/HST – whether