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Indigenous rights and the duty to consult

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On January 8, 2013, Frog Lake First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation, through their respective Chiefs, launched judicial review cases in the Federal Court. They are challenging the passage of the now infamous federal government omnibus budget bills, Bill C‑38 (Jobs, Growth and Long‑term Prosperity Act, S.C. 2012, c. 19); and Bill C‑45 (Jobs and Growth Act, 2012, S.C. c.31).

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Before championing human rights abroad, Canada needs to look closer to home

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On December 10th, the world celebrated Human Rights Day. Of course, I didn't expect this celebration to be a joyful or a rosy one. Canada, with the trembling voice of its Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, added its fading voice to the international scene.

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Video: Interview with Chief Theresa Spence on first day of her hunger strike

Maggie Padlewska of One Year One World speaks with Chief Theresa Spence on Dec. 11 from Victoria Island, on the first day of her hunger strike demanding justice and respect for her people, and for all First Nations.

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