Aug 17-23, 2020

By Bruce McIvor 

This week's edition includes human rights, coal mining, COVID-19, sovereignty, sockeye, systemic racism and more.



Coal mining, COVID-19 and Fraser River salmon topped BC headlines



Title and rights negotiations are ongoing in Wet’suwet’en territory



In Manitoba, human rights and Treaty rights were in the spotlight



Environmental assessment remains a hot topic in Ontario



Land defence continues in Haudenosaunee territory



In New Brunswick, calls continue for an inquiry into systemic racism 



Oil drilling was front and centre in the Yukon and Northwest Territories



Law societies are responding to the TRC calls to action




“We’re here to be united together, so that people know that this is our land and that, as Aboriginal people, we’re not giving up one acre more, we’re not giving up two acres more of our land. So much has already been taken and stolen. We’re standing our ground. And we’re not letting it happen anymore.”

- Sayokla, Haudenosaunee land defender



“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” 

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)

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Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law where he teaches the constitutional law of Aboriginal and Treaty rights. Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history and is a Fulbright Scholar. A member of the bar in British Columbia and Ontario, Bruce is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada.