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 – 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