COVID-19: Individuals charged with COVID-19 related offences in or around First Nations’ territories
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2020
INDIVIDUALS CHARGED WITH COVID-19 RELATED OFFENCES ON OR AROUND FIRST NATIONS’ TERRITORIES
Naomi Sayers, of the Bars of Ontario and Alberta, is an Indigenous lawyer serving clients all across Ontario with a growing practice in Alberta. She regularly receives inquiries from across Canada through referrals, social media and regular communication methods (email, phone, etc.).
With the current COVID-19 situation, she recognizes Indigenous communities' right to self-govern. However, she has concerns around suspected and likely Charter violations or procedural unfairness concerning enforcement of COVID-19 related offences in or around First Nations’ territories.
As the COVID-19 situation continues, Naomi is making herself available on a pro bono basis for individuals charged with COVID-19 related offences in or around First Nations’ territories. Naomi encourages individuals to contact her at the details below before paying any fines or responding to any allegations:
Naomi Sayers, Of the Bars of Ontario & Alberta
705-230-0712 (Sault Ste. Marie)
Naomi believes it is important to protect community, but it must not be done in the face of procedural unfairness or suspected and likely Charter violations.
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