T., Re, (1983) 50 A.R. 237 (NWTSC)

JudgeMarshall, J.
CourtSupreme Court of Northwest Territories (Canada)
Case DateJuly 21, 1983
JurisdictionNorthwest Territories
Citations(1983), 50 A.R. 237 (NWTSC)

T., Re (1983), 50 A.R. 237 (NWTSC)

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Re T.

(No. SC 2353)

Indexed As: T., Re

Northwest Territories Supreme Court

Marshall, J.

July 21, 1983.

Summary:

A married couple, one of whom was Caucasian, applied for a declaration that their adoption of an Inuit child by native custom was valid. The Northwest Territories Supreme Court allowed the application.

Family Law - Topic 1409

Adoption - Native custom adoptions - The Northwest Territories Supreme Court held that native custom adoptions were legal and as effective as those under the Child Welfare Ordinance 1961, c. 3 - The court held that the role of the court in such matters was declaratory, to certify that an adoption by native custom occurred - The court set out the criteria to apply in such cases.

Cases Noticed:

Re Katie's Adoption Petition, 38 W.W.R.(N.S.) 100, consd. [para. 4].

Re Indian Custom Adoptions; Re Beaulieu's Petition, 67 W.W.R.(N.S.) 669, consd. [para. 13].

Re Deborah E4-789, [1975] 5 W.W.R. 203, consd. [para. 15].

Re Wah-Shee (1975), 57 D.L.R.(3d) 743, consd. [para. 17].

Statutes Noticed:

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982, sect. 35(1) [para. 22].

Child Welfare Ordinance O.N.W.T. 1961, c. 3 [paras. 5 to 12, 14 to 17].

Counsel:

W. Wilkins, for the Government of the N.W.T.

This application was heard before Marshall, J., of the Northwest Territories Supreme Court, at Eskimo Point, Northwest Territories, on July 21, 1983. The decision of Marshall, J., was delivered at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on July 21, 1983.

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    • University of British Columbia Law Review Vol. 52 Nbr. 2, June 2019
    • June 1, 2019
    ...Territories, British Columbia and most recently, Quebec. (258) See Re Corrigan Estate, supra note 257 at para 4. (259) See Re Tagornak (1983), 50 AR 237, 1 CNLR 185 (NWTSC) [Tagornak]. According to Re Deborah E4-789 (1972), 28 DLR (3d) 483, [1972] 5 WWR 203 (NWTCA), the custom must also hav......
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    • Nunavut Nunavut Court of Justice (Canada)
    • March 16, 2017
    ...treaty money. The Court issued a declaration recognizing the custom adoption. [54] The decision in Re Tagornak Adoption Petition (1983), 50 A.R. 237, [1984 1 C.N.L.R. 185 (NWT SC) [Tagornak], summarized the law on custom adoptions up to that point, iterating that the Court’s role was declar......
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    • Canada
    • British Columbia Court of Appeal (British Columbia)
    • February 26, 1993
    ...D.L.R.(3d) 483 (N.W.T.C.A.), consd. [para. 40]. Wah-Shee, Re (1975), 57 D.L.R.(3d) 743 (N.W.T.S.C.), consd. [para. 41]. Tagornak, Re (1983), 50 A.R. 237 (N.W.T.S.C.), consd. [para. Statutes Noticed: Adoption Act, S.B.C. 1920, c. 2, generally [para. 44]. Adoption Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 4, ge......
  • S.K.K. v. J.S., [2002] Nunavut Cases Uned. 1
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    • Nunavut Nunavut Court of Justice (Canada)
    • June 4, 2002
    ...memories of the past, and the description given by judges in the cited cases - very similar in content. [29] The case of Re Tagornak (1983), 50 A.R. 237 (N.W.T. S.C.) confirms that the role of the courts in custom adoption (prior to the implementation of the Aboriginal Custom Adoption Act) ......
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  • R.A., as Guardian ad litem for her minor child, I.A v. S.K. and D.K., 2017 NUCJ 5
    • Canada
    • Nunavut Nunavut Court of Justice (Canada)
    • March 16, 2017
    ...treaty money. The Court issued a declaration recognizing the custom adoption. [54] The decision in Re Tagornak Adoption Petition (1983), 50 A.R. 237, [1984 1 C.N.L.R. 185 (NWT SC) [Tagornak], summarized the law on custom adoptions up to that point, iterating that the Court’s role was declar......
  • Casimel v. ICBC, (1993) 30 B.C.A.C. 279 (CA)
    • Canada
    • British Columbia Court of Appeal (British Columbia)
    • February 26, 1993
    ...D.L.R.(3d) 483 (N.W.T.C.A.), consd. [para. 40]. Wah-Shee, Re (1975), 57 D.L.R.(3d) 743 (N.W.T.S.C.), consd. [para. 41]. Tagornak, Re (1983), 50 A.R. 237 (N.W.T.S.C.), consd. [para. Statutes Noticed: Adoption Act, S.B.C. 1920, c. 2, generally [para. 44]. Adoption Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 4, ge......
  • S.K.K. v. J.S., [2002] Nunavut Cases Uned. 1
    • Canada
    • Nunavut Nunavut Court of Justice (Canada)
    • June 4, 2002
    ...memories of the past, and the description given by judges in the cited cases - very similar in content. [29] The case of Re Tagornak (1983), 50 A.R. 237 (N.W.T. S.C.) confirms that the role of the courts in custom adoption (prior to the implementation of the Aboriginal Custom Adoption Act) ......
  • Manychief v. Poffenroth, (1994) 164 A.R. 161 (QB)
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    • Alberta Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (Canada)
    • November 21, 1994
    ...225 (N.W.T.S.C.), refd to. [para. 24]. Wah-Shee, Re (1975), 57 D.L.R.(3d) 743 (N.W.T.S.C.), refd to. [para. 24]. Tagornak, Re (1983), 50 A.R. 237 (N.W.T.S.C.), refd to. [para. 24]. Casimel et al. v. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (1993), 30 B.C.A.C. 279; 49 W.A.C. 279; 82 B.C.L.R.(2d) ......
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  • CHILD PLACEMENT AND THE LEGAL CLAIMS OF FOSTER CAREGIVERS.
    • Canada
    • University of British Columbia Law Review Vol. 52 Nbr. 2, June 2019
    • June 1, 2019
    ...Territories, British Columbia and most recently, Quebec. (258) See Re Corrigan Estate, supra note 257 at para 4. (259) See Re Tagornak (1983), 50 AR 237, 1 CNLR 185 (NWTSC) [Tagornak]. According to Re Deborah E4-789 (1972), 28 DLR (3d) 483, [1972] 5 WWR 203 (NWTCA), the custom must also hav......

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