On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Chantell Barker to the position of Executive Director of Aboriginal Legal Services, beginning February 6th, 2023. Chantell is Cree and comes from the Sapotawayak Cree Nation. Chantell’s spirit name is Geetchi Nodin Ikwe (Strong Wind Woman) and she is from the Deer Clan.
January 11, 2022 – Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) and Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) are pleased to announce that they entered into a new service agreement, under the Legal Aid Services Act, 2020, on Dec. 8.
The new service agreement renews LAO and ALS’ commitment to delivering legal aid services that are trauma-informed, culturally safe and culturally relevant to the Indigenous community. Under the new agreement, LAO will increase its investment in the legal aid services and programs ALS delivers.
Aboriginal Legal Services partners with Make Music Matter to create alternative model of mental health support and amplify Indigenous voices through song
Toronto, November 28, 2022 – Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) will join forces with the international NGO Make Music Matter (MMM) to develop a new culturally-based healing model for Toronto’s Indigenous community. The partnership will provide specialized training to the therapeutic and victim services team at ALS, allowing them to widen their multidisciplinary approach
Supreme Court narrowly rejects ALS argument on the unconstitutionality of restrictions on access to conditional sentences
The Supreme Court issued its decision in R v Sharma. The case was a constitutional challenge to restrictions on access to conditional sentences by Indigenous offenders. The Court ruled 5 – 4 against the arguments brought by Ms. Sharma, ALS 17 other interveners.
APTN on ALS’ work on a report for the Government of the Northwest Territories on developing a Gladue program there -read more about it here.
Bill C-5, a bill to eliminate some mandatory minimum sentences and to allow greater access to conditional sentences is now before the Senate for consideration. Jonathan Rudin, Program Director, appeared ...
Jonathan Rudin, Program Director at ALS, is one of eight people serving as Commissioners on the South Australia Advisory Commission into Aboriginal Incarceration Rates. The Commission is expected to report in early 2023.
ALS is very pleased to announce the Season 4 of the Road To Your Name podcast launches on September 29, 2022. The first episode is an interview with Six Nations actor Gary Farmer....
The Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University is pleased to announce that Christa Big Canoe will receive the 2022 Scotiabank Ethical Leadership Award. Ms. Big Canoe will receive her award on November 5th, at the Gala for the 10th and final Ethics in Action case competition.