Supreme Court language barrier discriminates against First Nations

By Victoria Gray Writer Harry Laforme wants to see the language barriers for Indigenous people and immigrants to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada lifted because in today’s world he believes it doesn’t make sense. Laforme grew up on the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) reserve and is a retired Ontario Court of Appeals Justice, who was the first Indigenous person in Canada appointed to that position in 2004, but he was unable to apply for an appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada because he doesn’t speak French. He says he believes it’s an unreasonable expectation for Indigenous people who grew up without access to the language or the means to afford French lessons. “There was no reason (to learn French). Just because somebody might come…

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