Adoption and non-spousal relationships: Marta’s groundbreaking case

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September 20, 2018
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Earlier this week, a ground-breaking decision was released that involved our very own Marta Siemiarczuk. Marta assisted two women in a non-romantic relationship to apply to adopt a foster child in their care. She successfully argued that this law is discriminatory and infringed their rights guaranteed under section 15 of the Charter.

Canadian Infertility Awareness Week

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April 26, 2018
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This week is Canadian Infertility Awareness Week. Did you know that Nelligan O’Brien Payne has a strong and talented group of lawyers practising in fertility law matters? Below are links to some of our recent blog posts.

Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Identity: Should These be “Super-Weighted”?

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September 7, 2017
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Only months after Ontario voted to adopt sweeping changes to the child protection and public adoption regime to take into account unique Indigenous relationships, a decision by the British Columbia Court of Appeal makes one wonder just how meaningful this reform will be in Ontario.

Customary Adoption – What Is The Law In Your Province?

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February 8, 2017
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Customary adoption is an integral and long-standing practice among Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is an important means of addressing basic issues of family and community membership, as well as more profound issues of transferring knowledge and ceremony. To this day, it remains part of the practical and cultural reality experienced by many Indigenous families.