Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, mining, hunting, fishing, colonial surveillance, systemic racism, reindeer and more.



The federal government tabled its UNDRIP bill



COVID-19 remains front and centre across the country



Colonial surveillance and boil water advisories were back in the national spotlight 



Sipekne’katik First Nation continues to defend its Treaty rights in Mi’kma’ki



Indigenous jurisdiction was a hot topic in Ontario and Manitoba



BC news included systemic racism, salmon stocks and UNDRIP



Mining, reindeer and Treaty rights topped headlines in the Yukon and NWT




The Specific Claims Tribunal stayed Witchekan Lake First Nation’s claim regarding reserve creation



The Federal Court quashed Little Grand Rapids First Nation’s decision to remove a councillor




"Anything that the UN passes or Canada passes does not take away our right to self-determination or does not take away our sovereignty. Our sovereignty is inherent, and will always be there."

- Kenneth Deer, Secretary, Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake



“...there are some things for which three words are three too many, and three thousand words that many too less...”

- William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! (1936)

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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.