Tom Isaac’s recent recognition as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential” in Canada by Canadian Lawyer has been highlighted in an article by CBC News.
Writes Emily Blake, a reporter based in Yellowknife: “Isaac began studying Aboriginal law in the 1980s when the Constitution Act had just been amended and he said there was little understanding of section 35, which addresses First Nation, Inuit and Métis rights…. Since then, Isaac said he has seen the area grow and Canada is now a global leader in protecting Indigenous rights constitutionally.”
Says Tom: “Challenges the country still faces are with some governments lagging behind and a disparity in the standard of living of Indigenous people. Aboriginal peoples in Canada are Canadian, and at the end of the day we must ensure that all Canadians are treated with the same degree of respect when it comes to access to services.”
Tom also notes that he was “surprised but obviously very happy” with the recognition from Canadian Lawyer.