Ontario Court of Appeal ruling on Gladue Principles applying to an application to withdraw a guilty plea

November 30, 2021 — Aboriginal Legal Services appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal to argue that the Gladue principles apply when and Indigenous person seeks to withdraw a guilty plea.     Read the court decision here.  Read the Aborignal Legal Services Factum here.

Two Awards for Christa Big Canoe

September 27, 2021 — Christ Big Canoe, Legal Advocacy Director at Aboriginal Legal Services has recently received two significant awards.  Christa is the first recipient of the Alnoba Lewis Family Foundation’s first Moment of Truth Award for Gender Equity. More information on the award can be found here - https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/alnoba-lewis-family-foundation-honors-christa-big-canoe-with-moment-of-truth-award-for-gender-equity-890077747.html. Christa also received the Spirit of Schlifer Award from the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. ...

New job postings!

September 26, 2021 — Now hiring! Please go to our Employment page to see postings for two full time positions – Gladue Caseworker (Sudbury) and Adult Pre-Charge Diversion Worker (Toronto).

ALS Staff Podcast Features

August 26, 2021 — In addition to ALS’ very own Road to Your Name Podcast ALS staff are featured on two recent podcasts. Senior staff lawyer Caitlyn Kasper is featured on the Matriarch Movement podcast discussing how law does and does not respond to the needs of Indigenous people. Listen here: https://www.matriarchmovement.ca/blogs/news/caitlyn-kasper-we-are-all-treaty-people. Program Director Jonathan Rudin can be heard talking about sentencing on the Lawyered podcast.Listen...

Update: Intake Hours, August 3

August 3, 2021 — Please be advised that intake for the clinic will be available on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:00am-3:00pm in the month of August.  We will not be holding Monday intake in August so that we can assist current clients through their legal matters.  In order to manage our caseload and provide good services we will need to reduce our intake for...

Season 2 of the Road To Your Name Podcast is now available

July 19, 2021 — Aboriginal Legal Services’ Indigenous Knowledge Podcast The Road to Your Name - Yoha:te Ne Kahsen:Na - Season Two is now available.  Hosted by Lisa VanEvery the podcast investigates many aspects of Haudenosaunee culture and knowledge.    See the list of topics here. See and share the poster for the podcast here.

Supreme Court of Canada decision on Peremptory Challenges

July 13, 2021 — Aboriginal Legal Services appeared at the Supreme Court to support the elimination of peremptory challenges which have been used to keep Indigenous people off juries. Read the court decision here.Read the Aboriginal Legal Services factum here. If you would like to watch the hearing you can do so at the following link. Aboriginal Legal Services submissions start at 1.16.55. Video: https://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/webcastview-webdiffusionvue-eng.aspx?cas=39062&id=2020/2020-10-07--39062-38861&date=2020-10-07...

Residential School Weekly Memorials

July 13, 2021 — Aboriginal Legal Services is holding memorials to honour residential school children every Wednesday evening in July. Please see the poster below for more details.

ALS Speaks at Press Conference on the Thunder Bay Broken Trust Reinvestigations

June 9, 2021 —   Read our Press Conference Statement Read our Letter to the Executive Governance Committee of Project Broken Trust Read the CBC Report on the Press Conference.  

Statement from the Brian Sinclair Working Group

June 7, 2021 — ALS is a member of the Brian Sinclair Working Group that focuses on bringing to light ongoing structural and systemic anti-Indigenous racism in Canadian healthcare  and legal contexts. Read the Sinclair Working Group Press Release here.

ALS's Senior Staff Lawyer receives a Precedent Setter Award for 2021

May 25, 2021 — Caitlyn Kasper Senior staff lawyer, Aboriginal Legal ServicesYear of Call: 2012Law School: Osgoode Hall Caitlyn Kasper grew up in Sutton West, Ont., a small community near Lake Simcoe. Her mother taught history and English at the local Sutton District High School. “She was the first Indigenous woman to graduate from that high school,” says Kasper. “When she was 21, she...

ALS appears at the Supreme Court in the case of R v Parranto

May 18, 2021 — The case is about the use of starting points by courts in certain sentencing cases.  Watch the Hearing Here  If you don’t want to watch the entire case, ALS’s submissions start at  1.20.15.  Read our Factum in the case here.