Sept 21-27, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, the honour of the Crown, the duty to consult, fish farms, colonial policing, cannabis and more.



Mi'kmaq Treaty rights continue to top headlines across the country



Racism was on full display amid a moose hunting moratorium in Algonquin territory



A longstanding land claim was settled in Saugeen Ojibway territory



Colonial policing of Indigenous land defenders continues in Haudenosaunee territory 



Forest management and environmental assessment are at the centre of two new lawsuits in Ontario



Fish farms, cannabis and Indigenous rights were front and centre in BC



Indigenous laws and jurisdiction were in the spotlight at the Supreme Court’s carbon tax hearings



Lastly, the throne speech included a promise to introduce UNDRIP legislation




The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador weighed in on the duty to consult, fiduciary duty and the honour of the Crown




“We are calling on the Minister to stop sitting on the sidelines, and immediately address the violent, racist attacks and threats against Mi’kmaq fishers by non-Indigenous fishers. Now is not the time for complacency and lackadaisical leadership in the face of rights suppression, and blatant racism, endangering the lives and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples in Canada.”

- BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee and AFN Regional Chief Roger Augustine



“...a man’s virtue may be but the defect of his desire, as his crime may be but a function of his virtue.”

- Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men (1946)

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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.