Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Constitutionality of Bill C92

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On December 7 and 8, 2022, Falconers LLP counsel Julian Falconer and Christopher Rapson will be representing Nishnawbe Aski Nation (“NAN”) in its intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) regarding An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis Children, Youth and Families (also known as Bill C-92). The appeal at the SCC concerns a reference opinion from the Quebec Court of Appeal with respect to the constitutionality of Bill C-92.

Bill C-92 was passed in 2019 and came into force January 1, 2020.  It provides national standards for the provision of child and family services to Indigenous children, youth, and families.  It also provides a framework for giving effect to welfare laws with respect to Indigenous children, and recognizing the Aboriginal right of self-government jurisdiction over child and family services protected under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

NAN is a political territorial organization representing 49 First Nations in Northern Ontario, 34 of which are fly-in communities. NAN was formed in 1973 to represent the interests of these First Nations, their communities and their citizens in maters affecting their fundamental rights.

Falconers LLP is honoured to appear on behalf of NAN at the SCC on such an important matter.

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