This week’s edition includes land defence, policing, reconciliation, economic development and more.
IN THE NEWS
Canada's new water bill, reconciliation, inherent rights and the Van der Peet test topped national headlines
Feds introduce bill to set drinking water standards in First Nations | CBC News
‘Not true reconciliation:’ FSIN reacts to federal bill on water | Northeast NOW
Reconciliation: more action, less talk | The Free Press
Chiefs say pan-Indigenous approach leaves Ottawa taking too much away from First Nations | Windspeaker
Federal liabilities 'likely' owed to Indigenous people grow to $76B under Trudeau | CBC News
Entire Indigenous advisory council for CN Rail resigns | APTN News
"A new era in Canadian law" | CBA National
BC news included land defence, consultation and pipelines
Breaking into TMX: Secwépemc allies, wrapped in chains, drop tobacco into borehole | IndigiNews
Three host First Nations could have major say in potential Park Board transition | CTV News
The feds cut Trans Mountain a $1.8M tax break in the ’50s for a pipeline. A First Nation got just $2,400. It’s still fighting for redress | Global News
Ktunaxa First Nation responds to lawsuit | Columbia Valley Pioneer
A new chief justice was front and centre in Yukon
Yukon's new chief justice on Indigenous representation and reconciliation in the justice system | CBC News
Manitoba headlines included Treaty rights and water rights
Manitoba First Nation sues feds, alleges unchanged $5 annuity payments violate treaty | CBC News
Tataskweyak Cree Nation to get $40M water pipeline after 6 years under boil water advisory | CBC News
Policing topped Ontario headlines
Thunder Bay police chief meets with First Nations leaders in first leadership forum | CBC News
East coast news featured economic development
Indigenous economy generates billions in goods and services across Atlantic region: report | CBC News
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
They just do whatever they want. That's colonialism at its best.
- Chief Chris Moonias, Neskantaga First Nation
OFF THE BOOKSHELF
In this age, the natural world is spared only if it can be photographed; if its beauty can be sold; if it doesn’t get in the way of more pipelines and more profit.
- Alicia Elliott, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground (2019)
We're taking the next few weeks off. You’ll get your next First Peoples Law Report on January 9th. Check out our social media channels from December 27-31 for our annual Indigenous Rights Year in Review!