Challenged Works

Bad Medicine: A Judge’s Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community

By John Reilly (2010)

2010 — In Alberta, the Stoney Nakoda First Nation asked the Judicial Council of Alberta to ban Bad Medicine. David Bearspaw, a chief of the Stoney Nakodas, also filed a libel suit against the book’s author, a semi-retired judge who had served in Alberta’s courts for more than 30 years.

Objection — Stoney Nakoda leaders objected to the negative portrayal of their government of the reserve.

Update — In 2011, the Judicial Council of Alberta found merit in the Stoney Nakodas’ complaint and said that Reilly should resign from the bench if he wanted to make political statements. No book ban occurred.

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