FSIN Files Brief In United States Supreme Court in Support of First Nations Appeal of Purdue Bankruptcy


The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) has joined the legal battle against the devastating opioid crisis. On September 27, 2023, the FSIN filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court, amplifying the voices of the indigenous communities affected by the opioid epidemic in Canada.

Standing United Against Opioid Makers:

The amicus brief supports the appeal lodged by the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Both groups are representative plaintiffs in a nationwide class action against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and other related parties.  Download a copy here.

At the heart of the appeal lies the contentious Purdue bankruptcy plan. If it stands, the plan could potentially shield the Sackler family from any accountability for the role they played in aggressively promoting the widespread use of opioids, especially in indigenous communities across Canada.

The Stark Reality of the Opioid Crisis:

The amicus brief doesn’t just serve as a legal document; it’s a heartbreaking testament to the real-world effects of the opioid epidemic. It details the harrowing impact on the First Nations represented by the FSIN. The communities recount tales of lost loved ones, shattered families, and the enormous strain on social and health services.

A Call for Accountability:

Through this appeal, there’s a call for justice and accountability. The aim? To ensure that entities and individuals responsible for the crisis can’t hide behind legal nuances. The opioid epidemic, driven by corporate greed, has wreaked havoc on countless lives, and the indigenous communities of Canada refuse to let this atrocity go unchallenged.


The filing of the amicus brief by FSIN underscores the severity of the issue and the determination of indigenous communities to seek justice. As the appeal unfolds in the US Supreme Court, the world watches, hoping for a ruling that prioritizes lives over profits.

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