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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“SPIRIT TO SOAR” – COMPELLING DOCUMENTARY ON ANTI-INDIGENOUS RACISM DEBUTS AT HOT DOCS

Toronto, ON – The Hot Docs festival recently featured the debut of the documentary Spirit to Soar. Co-directed by Tanya Talaga and Michelle Derosier, the film tells the vital, difficult story of anti-Indigenous racism in Thunder Bay. The film is a passi...

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CACOLE Conference: Police Oversight and First Nations Policing in 2021

Today, Julian Falconer is appearing as a panelist at the virtual conference of the Canadian Association For Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE). Julian will be speaking about the role of civilian oversight bodies, including his extensive experi...

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Public Livestream – PC Theriault Appeals His Conviction for Assault of Dafonte Miller (Dial-In Included)

Toronto, ON – This Wednesday, May 12th and Thursday, May 13th, the Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) will begin hearing the appeal of PC Michael Theriault’s conviction for his brutal assault on Dafonte Miller in December 2016. The incident, for which The...

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“Would Brody Meekis be alive today?” – Updates from ONCA Appeal in Discrimination Case Against Coroner’s Office

Toronto, ON – Last week, Julian Falconer and Molly Churchill of Falconers LLP appeared at the Ontario Court of Appeal on behalf of the Keno-Meekis Family in their pursuit of accountability in the death of their son. In 2014, four-year old Brody Meek...

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