By Bruce McIvor and Carlie Kane
This week’s edition includes specific claims, safe drinking water, salmon, stewardship and more.
IN THE NEWS
Resource stewardship, specific claims and land rights were front and centre in BC
123 First Nations renew call to close B.C. salmon farms as DFO weakens promise | Vernon Morning Star
ʔAkisq̓nuk First Nation on Elkhorn Ranch Specific Claim | Penticton Harold
Cities in northeast B.C. embrace 'urban reserve' partnerships with First Nations | CBC News
B.C. court rejects challenge to huge Squamish Nation housing project in Vancouver | Lethbridge News Now
First Nation cries foul over Columbia River Treaty funding given to other Indigenous groups | Vernon Morning Star
Environmental rights returned to Alberta news
Chief tells AER to 'lawyer up' as report finds rules followed in Kearl leaks | Fort McMurray Today
Saskatchewan headlines included safe drinking water and consultation
Sask. First Nations among many in Canada continuing to fight for safe drinking water | Northeast Now
Saskatchewan's revised policy for consulting Indigenous nations is not nearly good enough | Alaska Highway News
A historic election, MMIWG2S+ and jurisdiction topped Manitoba news
'Gratifying': Indigenous leaders reflect on Wab Kinew's historic election win in Manitoba | APTN News
Kinew pledges to search landfill, but says federal role wasn't part of conversation with Trudeau | CTV News
Indigenous communities say they'll enforce their jurisdiction over child welfare no matter Supreme Court decides | APTN News
Ontario headlines featured the Ring of Fire
Several First Nations from Ring of Fire region demand meeting with Premier Doug Ford | Winnipeg Free Press
Policing was in the spotlight in Quebec
Supreme Court will hear Quebec's challenge to ruling on Indigenous police funding | Alaska Highway News
New Brunswick news included nuclear power and centralization
Indigenous groups slam "centralization" of relationship with N.B. government - New Brunswick | Global News
More Indigenous communities in New Brunswick signal they're willing to sign on to nuclear | Saltwire
UNDRIP topped headlines in the Northwest Territories
NWT passes bill to implement UN Declaration | Cabin Radio
In case you missed it, check out Bruce McIvor's recent essay on Aboriginal rights and his interview on The Goose about land back.
Aboriginal Rights as a Tool of Colonialism | Bruce McIvor | First Peoples Law LLP
Bruce McIvor on Land Back in Canada | The Goose
CASES TO WATCH
Tune in live to watch the Supreme Court of Canada hearing of Jim Shot Both Sides, et al. v. His Majesty the King on October 12, 2023 at 9:30am ET here.
Check out Kate Gunn and Tyler Swan's overview of this important litigation and its implications for treaty rights across the country.
In Brief: Jim Shot Both Sides, et al. v. His Majesty the King | Kate Gunn and Tyler Swan | First Peoples Law LLP
FROM THE COURTS
The BC Supreme Court weighed in on mineral claims and the duty to consult
Gitxaala v British Columbia (Chief Gold Commissioner), 2023 BCSC 1680 (CanLII)
Court rules B.C.'s mining claims system does not comply with duty to consult Indigenous groups | CBC News
Mineral claims require First Nations consultation: B.C. Supreme Court | The Narwhal
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The federal government didn’t give us anything, they didn’t allow us anything, what we’ve done through our own self-determination and our inherent rights, we’ve created this law.
- Earl Stevenson, Peguis First Nation
OFF THE BOOKSHELF
Truth is a seed
If you want to get it
you have to dig.
― Katherena Vermette, River Woman (2013)