Aug 10-16, 2020

By Bruce McIvor 

This week's edition includes fishing rights, Treaty rights, sovereignty, systemic racism, UNDRIP, moose, mining and more.



Aboriginal title and the duty to consult were front and centre in Mi’kmaq territory



Land defence continues at 1492 Land Back Lane in Haudenosaunee territory 



In Ontario, police violence, Treaty rights and environmental assessment were all hot topics



A sovereign "Government House" is in the works in Treaty 8 territory



On Vancouver Island, Nuu-chah-nulth fishing rights were in the spotlight



Moose and mining topped Yukon headlines



UNDRIP made a return to national news amid the COVID-19 pandemic




In case you missed it, here's my latest take on reconciliation published in BarTalk magazine this month.



“Our people that entered into treaty, into a relationship (with the Crown), there was a vision there and now we’re realizing it, because under its current system today, it’s been abuse, it’s been poverty, you name it, it’s to undermine the First Peoples of this land and that’s going to change.”

- Grand Chief Arthur Noskey, Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta



“In the history of humankind every act of destruction meets its response, sooner or later, in an act of creation.”

- Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America (1971)

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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.