Indigenous Land Rights – Chiefs of Ontario & OKT LLP Newsletter Issue 2

Contributed by Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, Kate Kempton & Sara Mainville Partners of OKT Law and Bob Rae, Former Ontario Premier & Partner of OKT Law

        Chiefs of Ontario, in conjunction with the law firm Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP (OKT), will be working to produce a monthly newsletter on various legal and/or policy topics that are likely to impact First Nations in Ontario. This second issue, “Indigenous Land Rights” begins with the topic of Ontario’s relationship with First Nations in this region and some good advice to the Premier by former Premier Bob Rae, who is a partner at OKT LLP. An important election is coming up on June 7th and ORC Day’s article on Land, People and Prosperity highlight some important matters and insights on treaty relationships. Sara Mainville’s article on the Treaty Commission in Ontario to be reconsidered gives strong advice that our jurisdiction also must be part of the new TCO if one is to be properly (and jointly) implemented. Finally, as we consider 2019’s promised “Rights Recognition” Legislation, Kate Kempton suggests that First Nations in Ontario take the important direction of creating their own model legislation to pre-empt the work that Canada is doing and ensure that the legal framework is consistent with our jurisdiction and our treaties.

Please click here to read full newsletter: Indigenous Land Rights – Chiefs of Ontario & OKT LLP Newsletter Issue 2

Chiefs of Ontario Letter of Support for Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion

On May 1, 2018, AFNQL Regional Chief Ghislain Picard spoke to the Ontario Chiefs during a luncheon caucus meeting at the Assembly of First Nations’ Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec. He asked for their support, as well as potentially becoming signatories, to the national Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion.

Read full statement here: Support Letter for Treaty Alliance Tar Sands

Chiefs of Ontario SCA April 2018 – Facilitators Report

Please find the Chiefs of Ontario Special Chiefs Assembly April 17-19 2018 Facilitators Report “Accountability, Priorities, and Direction” here: SCA Facilitators Report 2018

Announcing a New Newsletter from the Chiefs of Ontario & OKT LLP

Contributed by Kaitlin Ritchie and Sara Mainville of OKT Law

Over the next few months, Chiefs of Ontario, in conjunction with the law firm Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP (OKT), will be working to produce a monthly newsletter on various legal and/or policy topics that are likely to have some impact First Nations in Ontario. There is a companion article in this newsletter that discusses the contents of federal Bills, C-68 and C-69, and the general absence of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in draft legislation despite commitments by Canada to “fully implement” UNDRIP. This first issue begins with the topic of Ontario’s new draft consultation guidelines on the duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal peoples. These guidelines, once published, will be used to provide guidance to Ontario ministries regarding the Crown’s duty to consult.

What is Ontario proposing? Is Ontario on its way to getting it right?

Please click here to read full newsletter: OKT Law & Chiefs of Ontario Newsletter

Chiefs of Ontario – AFN SCA May 2018 – Ontario Caucus Federal Legislation Presentation

A powerpoint presentation by Sara Mainville on Federal Legislative Review as presented at the Special Chiefs Assembly – AFN (Ontario Caucus) on May 1, 2018 Please click here for the pdf version: COO May 1 2018 Presentation re Federal legislation

Chiefs of Ontario – Winter Priorities

The month of January was extremely busy, from the final approval by 97 per cent of First Nation communities to establish
the Sovereign Wealth Fund, to the National Emergency Meeting on Child Welfare. The weeks and months to come will be
even busier. This letter is to inform you of the critical issues that we intend to prioritize over the coming months.

Please click here to view full letter: Chiefs of Ontario Winter Priorites February 2018

Special Edition – Chiefs of Ontario IOG Newsletter

(February 6, 2018) The IOG is collaborating with COO to develop a 6-part series newsletter for distribution to the chiefs of Ontario and for further distribution to their community members.

The 6-part series e-newsletter will culminate in a final report that will summarize the findings from all regional tables, and be used to inform regional tables both at AFN and Chiefs of Ontario. This final report will be presented at the 2018 AOCC. 

“This is an important mechanism for ensuring community members are well informed of discussions and actions taking place at the national level designed to ultimately improve the lives of Indigenous People in Canada.”—ORC

Please click here to view: COO-IOG Newsletter 2018-01 v1 2