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CORONERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR “NO-SHOWS” IN FIRST NATION COMMUNITIES: PROVINCE’S HIGHEST COURT RULES THAT ABUSE AND DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS AGAINST THE CHIEF CORONER AND UNDERLINGS ARE LEGALLY VALID

Case ‘about breaking new ground’ for accountability in coroner death investigations: Julian Falconer – Law Times  Today, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its judgment in Meekis v. Ontario, 2021 ONCA 534, allowing claims against the...

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THERIAULT CONVICTION UPHELD IN DAFONTE MILLER CASE: Court of Appeal Breaks New Ground in Recognizing Anti-Black Systemic Racism in the Justice System

“The current moment of reckoning with respect to systemic racism in Canada is long overdue.” – Ontario Court of Appeal, R v Theriault, 2018 ONCA 517, para 212 Toronto, ON — Today, the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of Constable...

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Future Lawyers: Be the Change Conference 2021

On July 10th, Julian Falconer delivered a keynote presentation at the virtual conference of Future Lawyers Toronto. Future Lawyers is a non-profit organization that hosts events to provide youth with an inspiring, valuable opportunity to gain a clear unde...

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CELEBRATION AND REFLECTION ON THE 25TH NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY

Today, June 21, 2021, marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. As a tragic reminder of the necessity of this Day, Indigenous people across the nation have again been demonstrating resiliency following the first mass grave d...

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation: Service Gaps Place Indigenous Children at Risk of Harm

“Child-welfare gaps led to youth suicides, Indigenous group argues at Federal Court” (National Post) June 16, 2021. https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/child-welfare-gaps-led-to-youth-suicides-indigenous-group-argues-at-federal-court...

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CANADA SAYS IT’S NOT FIGHTING INDIGENOUS CHILDREN IN COURT – BUT IS SPENDING A WEEK IN COURT TRYING TO DUCK AN OBLIGATION TO PAY COMPENSATION TO INDIGENOUS CHILDREN

Toronto, ON – On June 14-18, 2021, Falconers LLP counsel Akosua Matthews will appear on behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (“NAN”), which is a respondent in the twinned judicial review proceedings brought by the Applicant Attorney General of Canada bef...

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Police chief should have no say in reinvestigations of sudden deaths, Thunder Bay, Ont., families say

“Police chief should have no say in reinvestigations of sudden deaths, Thunder Bay, Ont., families say” (CBC), June 9, 2021. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/broken-trust-reinvestigations-legitimacy-questioned-1.6058486   Thunder Bay, O...

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Watch Here: Livestream (archived) of Thunder Bay Press Conference re: Implementation of Broken Trust Report and Independent Reinvestigations into Deaths of Indigenous Persons (June 8, 2021)

Thunder Bay, ON – On June 8, 2021, the families of the late Stacy DeBungee, Jordan Wabasse, and other Indigenous families and advocates appeared at a press conference in Thunder Bay. The families are calling for urgent action on the implementation of th...

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INDEPENDENT REINVESTIGATION DEMANDED BY INDIGENOUS FAMILIES DUE TO THE SYSTEMIC FAILURES OF THE TBPS TO ADEQUATELY INVESTIGATE THE DEATHS OF INDIGENOUS VICTIMS

For the press conference livestream beginning at 1:15pm EDT, click here: https://www.facebook.com/falconersllp – link to livestream will be at top of page. Thunder Bay, ON – Today, families of Indigenous persons whose deaths were neglected by the ...

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NO TRANSPARENCY IN REINVESTIGATIONS INTO INDIGENOUS DEATHS IN THUNDER BAY

On Tuesday June 8, 2021 at 1:15pm EDT, the family of the late Stacy DeBungee will be holding a press conference in Thunder Bay, alongside the families of other Indigenous persons whose deaths are being reinvestigated due to deficiencies in investigations ...

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A “First” for Sandy Lake First Nation’s Access to Justice

In an unprecedented step, the Ontario Court of Appeal orders that its May 6th hearing in the Brody Meekis case be replayed on community TV for the next month. A copy of the order can be found here. Although many Ontarians will not realize it, today our pr...

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Enforcement on First Nations Reserves and the “Phantom” First Nations Policing Policy – Appearance before the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs

May 14, 2021 Ottawa, ON – On Thursday May 13, 2021, Chief Roland Morrison of Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (“NAPS”) and Julian Falconer of Falconers LLP had the honour of appearing virtually before the parliamentary Standing Committee on Indigenous ...

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