OKT In the News

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25 Jan 2023 – N.B. court finds Madawaska First Nation must be paid money made from video gaming

16 Jan 2023 – Madawaska First Nation scores another revenue-sharing win in court

4 Jan 2023 – Justice Harry LaForme to become a member of the Order of Canada

11 Jan 2023 – Lawyer for Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation talks colonization, accountability and reconciliation in light of camp raid

29 Dec 2022 – Sidney Crosby and Indigenous judge Harry LaForme among new Order of Canada recipients

28 Nov 2022 – Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke taking Ontario government to court over online gaming

22 Sep 2022 – In this CBC article, OKT’s André Bear asks how the James Smith Cree First Nation tragedy is an opportunity to think differently about First Nations-led policing

15 Sep 2022 – Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation decries ‘forceful invasion’ of culture camp by wildlife officers

24 Aug 2022 – First Nations group warns of possible GO train delays from environmental assessments

19 Aug 2022 – Justice Michelle O’Bansawin makes Canadian History

22 Jul 2022 – How the Vatican encouraged the colonization of Indigenous lands – and enabled the Crown to keep them

11 May 2022 – The Indigenous incarceration crisis demands a bolder response: Decarceration

17 Mar 2022 – Colville Lake chief stands up for community’s caribou conservation plan

18 Mar 2022 – Ontario makes big promises with critical minerals plans but First Nations advocates remain concerned

11 Mar 2022 – First Nations drinking water settlement open for claims from communities, individuals

21 Jan 2022 – Headingley corrections officer is charged in 2021 in-custody death of inmate William Ahmo

9 Jan 2022 – First Nation says Alberta is preventing it from taking control of child welfare

30 Nov 2021 – Wolastoqey chiefs add forestry companies to title claim case

6 Nov 2021 – Here’s how some in northwestern Ontario are reflecting on Treaties Recognition Week

15 Oct 2021 – Remembering Joyce Echaquan: systemic racism and Indigenous deaths in health care

12 Oct 2021 – OKT congratulates associate Meena Ansari on her recognition by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women as a “Woman Who Inspires.”

8 Oct 2021 – First Nations’ interests guide the courts

5 Oct 2021 – What are we looking for in our judges?

5 Oct 2021 – Attawapiskat First Nation seeks court injunction against Ring of Fire exploration

29 May 2023 – Congratulations to OKT Partners Renée Pelletier and Sara Mainville on the publication of their analysis of UNDRIP and the role of Indigenous Peoples in environmental impact assessment, in the just-released book The Next Generation of Impact Assessment: A Critical Review of the Canadian Impact Assessment Act.

22 Sep 2021 – ‘A case of potential wrongful conviction’: retired judges lobby for release of First Nations sisters

20 Sep 2021 – ‘We shouldn’t be here’: Decision on injunction to block Muskrat Falls mitigation deal expected this week

5 May 2021 – Grassy Narrows First Nation asserts sovereignty to pass Anishinaabe law on alcohol use

3 May 2021 – Former Saugeen First Nation Chief Appointed To Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

31 Mar 2021 – Minister of Justice appoints Harry LaForme to independent Criminal Case Review Commission

29 May 2023 – New Brunswick must compensate First Nations for carbon tax, court rules

26 Mar 2021 – First Nation and junior mining company reach exploration accord

22 Mar 2021 – Court sides with First Nations in dispute with N.B. government over carbon-tax sharing

2 Mar 2021 – Judge hears arguments in Wolastoqey First Nations carbon tax case

29 May 2023 – Economics of water and water infrastructure brought into class action resolution at AFN

5 Oct 2020 – Yellowknives Dene First Nation hands out eviction notices on Yellowknife Bay

24 Sep 2020 – Grey County settles claim with Saugeen Ojibway Nation

7 Sep 2020 – First Nations and Environmental groups challenge Ontario’s changes to Environmental Assessments

29 Aug 2020 – Families await answers in three fatal shootings of Indigenous people by Winnipeg police this spring

12 Aug 2020 – Innu Nation Files Human Rights Complaint Over Child Protection Funding

8 Jul 2020 – The latest on: Indigenous child welfare, the Chinook Project, moose numbers, and more

26 Mar 2020 – ‘A huge health risk’: First Nations pressured to hold elections amid COVID-19 pandemic, say experts

13 Feb 2020 – What’s your reaction to the B.C. pipeline protests?

15 Feb 2020 – Indigenous groups need ‘guarantees’ on land rights before getting trains back on track: Oka Crisis veteran

21 Feb 2020 – Your questions about the pipeline protests

19 Feb 2020 – Stop using the ‘rule of law’ as a weapon against Indigenous peoples

3 Jan 2020 – New child welfare system takes effect

18 Nov 2019 – Time for Charter challenge on First Nations drinking water

15 Oct 2019 – Yes, Genocide

21 Aug 2019 – ‘What our ancestors meant:’ Canada, First Nations create new park reserve

14 Aug 2019 – Apology to Qikiqtani Inuit leaves QIA president filled with hope

15 Aug 2019 – Muskrat Falls Inquiry commissioner addresses Indigenous concerns

3 Jul 2019 – Ontario Human Rights Commission calls for removal of Indigenous themed mascots and logos

24 Jun 2019 – Former Justice LaForme stresses importance of vigilance in rights protection at Pride Month event

11 Jun 2019 – Judge calls for health care improvements at Winnipeg Remand Centre after inmate death

6 May 2019 – Podcast: Saugeen Ojibway Nation claims to land underwater and for broken treaty promises

23 Apr 2019 – Massive Bruce Peninsula land claim headed to court

14 May 2019 – Hope will blossom if Saugeen claims succeed: Roote

2 May 2019 – Court hears traditional knowledge in peninsula claim

23 Apr 2019 – $80-billion Bruce Peninsula land claim trial to begin Thursday

3 May 2019 – Two Ontario First Nations are claiming title to large parts of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay

25 Apr 2019 – First Nation sues for title to massive, scenic swath of Ontario and $90B as landmark trial starts

25 Apr 2019 – Historic trial begins for Saugeen Ojibway Nation claims to land underwater and for broken treaty promises

19 Feb 2019 – Lutselk’e votes to support creation of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve

7 Feb 2019 – Alberta contributes $3.3M for huge solar farm in remote Fort Chipewyan

16 Jan 2019 – Constitutional challenge mounted for Innu charged with illegally hunting caribou

13 Dec 2018 – Mississauga to remove Indigenous-themed mascots, imagery from sports facilities

10 Dec 2018 – Exploration deals move Manitoba mining into modern era

30 Nov 2018 – Harry LaForme joins Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

21 Nov 2018 – Harry LaForme, a groundbreaking Indigenous judge, looks back in anger at the milestone Canada missed

1 Aug 2018 – OKT articling student Jason Mercredi recognized for advancing reconciliation at Queen’s University

26 Jul 2017 – OKT partner Lorraine Land explains the two new SCC decisions on consultation and accommodation on BNN

18 Jul 2017 – OKT proud to have supported clients Saugeen Ojibway Nation in their victory for fair consultation with adequate funding

7 Jun 2017 – OKT in the Globe & Mail: Indigenous rights in Canada: significant work still needed

6 Feb 2017 – OKT’s Corey Shefman at the forefront of the fight against Trump travel ban

27 Jan 2017 – OKT’s Matt McPherson teaches Manitoba Premier a history lesson on treaty rights

26 Jan 2017 – OKT’s Bob Rae reflects on Orwell’s lessons for the Trump era

1 Dec 2016 – Judith Rae explains the new Anishnabek Nation education self-government agreement