“Ati kapi ci wepik”
“We will never let this happen again.”
That is what our lawyer said to the Honourable Justice Belobaba on August 23, 2016 in the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. The Court was packed with people and our Honourable Chiefs and Elders sat at the front of the Court Room in the area reserved for a jury.
We are back on December 1st, in Toronto again, when Canada (whose Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett says Canada wants to settle) will make arguments against our case, and her lawyers will try to persuade the Judge that Canada did nothing that is a legal wrong. We suppose this why at Court, when our lawyer said, that as a Canadian, he apologized for our harm and hurt, Canada’s lawyer said not a word, did not follow him with an apology.
We will continue to walk as long as it takes, however many Ministers and governments over the last 50 years.
If you would like to receive a copy of the oral argument our legal counsel made to the Honourable Justice Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on August 23, 2016, email us a request.
If you would like to receive a copy of the written argument our legal counsel gave on our behalf to the Honourable Justice Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to read before the hearing, send us an email. It is called the Plaintiff’s Factum.
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