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Legal expert says Supreme Court decision won’t have power to strike down Indigenous child welfare law – APTN News

Feb 08, 2024

An expert in Indigenous legal matters says regardless of what happens in Friday’s Supreme Court decision on Ottawa’s Indigenous child welfare legislation, the substance of the law will remain intact.

“This is a reference case,” Hadley Friedland, who is the academic director of the University of Alberta’s Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge, told Nation to Nation. “It’s an advisory opinion. It’s not going to be something that could strike down the act like some of the cases we hear about.”

The Quebec government has challenged the constitutionally of Bill C-92 saying it infringes on its provincial jurisdiction.

The law was passed by the Trudeau government in 2019 in order to give First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities control of welfare services that affect their families and children.

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