Aug 24-30, 2020

By Bruce McIvor 

This week's edition includes injunctions, the duty to consult, cumulative effects, Charter rights, Treaty rights, Indigenous law and more.



Indigenous and Charter rights were in the spotlight in Wet’suwet’en territory 



Consultation, cumulative effects and Treaty rights are at the centre of a new lawsuit in Alberta



The duty to consult and Indigenous protected areas are hot topics in Manitoba



In Ontario, Bill 197 continues to raise serious concerns



Injunctions and Indigenous law were front and centre in Haudenosaunee territory



Treaty rights and the Marshall decisions were back in Nova Scotia news



Caribou returned to headlines in the Yukon and Northwest Territories



Lastly, COVID-19 back to school funding drew criticism across the country




The Ontario Superior Court issued two injunctions in Haudenosaunee territory. For an overview of injunctions as a tool of colonialism, check out my colleague Kate Gunn’s primer here.



The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal weighed in on a First Nations Financial Transparency Act compliance order.



The Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench granted an injunction to First Nations regarding flood channel construction.




“Our sovereignty is inherent while Canada’s perceived authority is a product of violent colonialism and genocide.”

- Statement From Concerned Haudenosaunee Women Regarding Injunctions at 1492 Land Back Lane



“Live in contact with dreams and you will get something of their charm; live in contact with facts and you will get something of their brutality. I wish I could find a country to live in where the facts were not brutal and the dreams not unreal.”

- George Bernard Shaw, John Bull’s Other Island (1904)

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In case you missed it, check out my colleague Angela D'Elia Decembrini's post on Indigenous Food Sovereignty and COVID-19.
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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.