OKT Podcast – Overview of the Reference on Bill C-92

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

We are excited to introduce the inaugural episode of the OKT podcast!

In this debut installment, Jesse Abell, Krista Nerland, and Judith Rae discuss the intricacies of Bill C-92 and a recent landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada, issued on Friday, February 9. This decision, referred to in the episode as the C-92 reference, pertains to the constitutionality of legislation concerning First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children, youth, and families.

Throughout the episode, our speakers shed light on the following key points:

  • The origins of the Act and how it operates
  • Why the Act was being challenged and what the Supreme Court of Canada had to say about the challenge
  • The implications for First Nations across the country



This podcast is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any questions regarding the content in this episode, please email info@oktlaw.com.


Jesse is an Associate at OKT. Her practice focuses on litigation advancing Aboriginal rights and title and Treaty rights, and advocating for Indigenous self-determination.


Krista Nerland is an associate at OKT. Her practice focuses on litigation related to Aboriginal rights, Aboriginal title, and treaty rights; human rights and discrimination; and advancing Indigenous jurisdiction. Krista has particular expertise in appellate litigation and has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.


Judith Rae is an partner at OKT who brings a social work background to her legal practice. She is committed to advancing Indigenous peoples’ goals in governance, child welfare, education, and many other issues.


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