Sandra Lovelace v. Canada [1977-1981]

Sandra Lovelace v. Canada [1977-1981]
(the right to enjoy First Nation (Indian) culture under art. 27
of the International Civll and Political Covenant)

PREFACE

"The communication submitted by Sandra Lovelace to the United Nations Human Rights Committee has captured the interest of a large number of persons. This communication was submitted pursuant to the Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on December 29, 1977. On July 30, 1981 the United Nations Human Rights Committee reached its decision on the communication which 'inter alia' found Canada to be in breach of Article 27, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Because of the interest in this case and the quantity of the requests received for material on the same, Sandra Lovelace and her counsel, Professor Donald Fleming, and Dr. Noel A. Kinsella have decided to make available the pertinent documents relating to this case."

Noel A. Kinsella
Chairman
New Brunswick Human Rights Commission

September 14, 1981.

Document 1 Privy Council Decision 1976-1156 Authorizing Canada Accession to the International Covenants and the Optional Protocol - May 18, 1976.
Document 2 Minutes of New Brunswick Human Rights Commission Concerning Native Women Problem - October 17, 1977.
Document 3 Telex From Dr. Noel A. Kinsella to Minister of Indian Affairs Concerning Native Women Problem - October 19, 1977.

Minister's Response - November 8, 1977.

Document 4 Submission to Meeting of Continuing Federal-Provincial Committee of Officials Responsible for Human Rights Illustrating How Canada Could be Found in Violation of the International Covenants Because of the Indian Act - November 21-22, 1977.
Document 5 Communication to United Nations Human Rights Committee From Sandra Lovelace - December 29, 1977.
Document 6 Acknowledgment by United Nations of Receipt of the Lovelace Communication - March 30, 1978.
Document 7 Text of Decision of U.N. Human Rights Committee Adopted on July 18, 1978.
Document 8 Text of Decision of U.N. Human Rights Committee Adopted on April 6, 1979.
Document 9 Letter to U.N. From Sandra Lovelace - May 30, 1979.
Document 10 Text of Decision of U.N. Human Rights Committee Adopted on August 14, 1979 Declaring the Lovelace Communication Admissible.
Document 11 Note by Canada to U.N. Human Rights Committee Submitted in Response to the Committee for Observations on Questions of Admissibility Dates September 26, 1979.
Document 12 Letter to U.N. From Sandra Lovelace - November 28, 1979.
Document 13 Transmittal by U.N. of Canada's Submission Concerning the Lovelace Communication - May 1, 1980.
Document 14 Transmittal to U.N. of Lovelace's Submission Concerning the Communication and the Arguments Made by Canada in it's Submission.
Document 15 Transmittal by U.N. on August 22, 1980 of the Interim Decision Adopted by the Human Rights Committee on July 31, 1980.
Document 16 Transmittal by U.N. on December 1, 1980 of Text of Canada's Replies to Questions Asked by Committee.
Document 17 Reply of Sandra Lovelace, Dated December 2, 1980, to Questions Asked by Committee.
Document 18 Transmittal by U.N. of Final Decision Adopted by U.N. Human Rights Committee Finding Canada to be in Breach of Covenant.