Charter of Rights
Petition to Carolyn Bennett, Dr. Lillian Dyck, Andrew Scheer, Murray Sinclair, Larry W. Smith
A Call to Action to End Gender Discrimination in the Indian Act Now
Please support the immediate implementation of the amendments to Bill S-3 that have been adopted by the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples (‘the 6(1)(a) all the way amendment), which were passed by the Senate of Canada on June 1st, 2017. The time for engagement has passed; we cannot debate any longer as human rights violations continue. It is now time to act and rectify the gender-based inequalities in the Indian Act. Upon the implementation of Bill S-3 amendments to eliminate gender-based inequalities in the Indian Act, we can collectively begin to right the wrong of this 100 year old human rights violation. ONWA will continue empowering and supporting all Indigenous women and their families through cultural restoration, regardless of status under the Indian Act. However, we know that without formal recognition through these amendments, many Indigenous women will continue to be discriminated against. Until the rights of Indigenous women are recognized and respected they will continue to be dehumanized thus increasing the risk that they go missing, be murdered, sexually exploited, and/or human trafficked. ONWA’s position and advocacy is to immediately implement the amendments to Bill S-3, and remove the two-tier hierarchy of status which is the central problem in the registration provision. We look forward to achieving justice for Indigenous women, and believe this will be a foundational step taken on the journey towards healing and reconciliation. As the Government of Canada we ask that you support ONWA in fulfilling your responsibilities to Indigenous women across Ontario by following “the dictates of your conscience, to set our sisters free” (Mary Two-Axe Early). For more information: http://www.onwa.ca/amendment-to-bill-s3
Petition to Suzanne Anton, Christy Clark
Stop Charter right 11d violations against BC Citizens attending bail a probation office.
By currently serving both bail and probation clients in the same offices throughout British Columbia, the BC Ministry of Justice is violating the Charter right 11d of its bail clients. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states, "Any person charged with a crime has the right to presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent or impartial tribunal." A reasonable person cannot assume every person who walks into an office known to serve both bail and probation clients, is innocent. A reasonable person would be expected to assume that a percentage of attendees are guilty, with no way of knowing which ones. It is at the very least unreasonable to have innocent citizens mixed in with convicted criminals, during any court ordered time span in between a citizen being charged with a crime, and having a judge decide that citizens guilt or innocence. At worst , it could bring harm to society.