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Supreme Court of Canada orders return to square one
Whitehorse, May 14, 2015 - This morning the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered its judgment in the case involving the Yukon Francophone School Board (Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon - CSFY) and the Government of Yukon. A reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of the trial judge is maintained and all requests related to the Official Languages Act are sent back for retrial.
"The Association franco-yukonnaise is dismayed by the SCC's decision. The issues of rights to French language services have not been resolved, it's all on hold," said Angélique Bernard, President of the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY). "Since the judicial appeal was filed in 2009, much time, energy and money have been spent in vain. Asking a small community like ours to undertake a second trial is not realistic and hinders its development. Millions have been invested and justice has not been served."
The AFY will continue to stand in solidarity with the CSFY whether or not it decides to pursue the legal avenue.
Official voice and leader in the development of the Yukon French-speaking community since 1982, AFY aims to improve the quality of life of Yukon Francophones.
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Read the judgment
Further information on the CSFY's judicial appeal (in French)
Nancy Power
Communications and Community Relations Director
Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)
867-668-2663, ext. 332
Merci au ministère du Tourisme et de la Culture du Yukon, à l’Aurore boréale et aux autres organismes et individus qui nous ont permis d’utiliser leurs photos.
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