July 20-26, 2020

By Bruce McIvor 


This week's edition includes Charter rights, Treaty rights, systemic racism, energy sovereignty, policing, pipelines, Columbus statues and more.



Policing, pipelines and energy sovereignty were all hot topics in BC



Consultation and flooding were front and centre in Saskatchewan and Manitoba



A Treaty infringement action is ongoing in Wolastoqey territory



Calls continue for an inquiry into systemic racism in New Brunswick



Colonizer statues and sports teams were back in the headlines




The Federal Court of Appeal weighed in on the duty to consult regarding a fish transfer license in ‘Namgis territory



The Ontario Court of Appeal declared certain provisions of the Criminal Code discriminatory against Indigenous people




“Our young women are over-represented in the prisons across this country, largely as a result of the legacy of historical wrongs committed against our people. The courts must be given options to keep them out of the correctional system whenever possible.”

President Lorraine Whitman, Native Women’s Association of Canada



“Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind (2001)


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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.