Nov 16-22, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, Treaty rights, Charter rights, consultation, Arctic drilling, decolonizing the justice system and more.



COVID-19 continues to top headlines across the country



Treaty rights remain front and centre in Mi'kma'ki



Treaty boundaries and the Marriage Act were hot topics in Ontario



St. Anne's Residential School survivors’ legal battle continues



In Quebec, systemic racism and health care were back in the spotlight



Yukon and NWT news included UNDRIP, consultation and Arctic drilling




The Federal Court struck a Charter claim brought by two Wet’suwet’en House groups regarding climate change



In case you missed it, check out my colleague Angela D'Elia Decembrini's case comment highlighting calls to decolonize the justice system




"It is hard to adequately convey the level of disrespect felt and offence taken when we read about those, including current members of Parliament, trying to thwart our constitutionally protected rights by making irresponsible assertions under the pretence of unfounded conservation arguments.”

- Chief Darlene Bernard, Lennox Island First Nation



"Denial is the heartbeat of racism, beating across ideologies, races, and nations."

- Ibram X. Kendi, How to be an Antiracist (2019)

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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.