Aug 3-9, 2020

By Bruce McIvor 


This week's edition includes Treaty rights, self-government, injunctions, enfranchisement, systemic racism, colonial monuments and more.



Land defence, injunctions and Indigenous sovereignty were front and centre in Six Nations territory



In Treaty 8 territory, a longstanding legal battle over the Site C dam project came to an end



Treaty negotiations are ongoing in Secwepemc territory



Environmental monitoring remains a hot topic in Alberta



In New Brunswick, systemic racism returned to the spotlight



Self-government and custom land codes were back in NWT news




The BC Court of Appeal weighed in on the relationship between modern treaty rights and asserted Aboriginal rights



The Superior Court of Quebec weighed in on Indian Act enfranchisement




“We’ve got these serious problems, so why concentrate on these monuments? It’s important because monuments form the culture and the habits of thought, not only of what history is, but also what current circumstances are. What has value and what does not. What is acknowledged and what is not."

Dr. Linc Kesler



“... recently people had come to understand that forgetting was more difficult and complicated than remembering.”

Ismail Kadare, The Traitor’s Niche (1978)

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Bruce McIvor
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.