Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In this week's update: Canada's history of racism and violence, rhetoric vs reality, pipelines, moose meat, another rotten tomato and much more.
National and international attention turned to Canada's long history and current reality of violence and racism.
- Colten Boushie and our insidious white privilege
- 5 years on, Ontario's plan to get more Indigenous people on juries a work in progress
- Opinion | A Killing in Saskatchewan
- Canada’s Trayvon Martin moment
- The real “justice” denied to Colten Boushie
- Discussion Guide: Justice for Colten Boushie
- Colten Boushie and beyond: A primer on the aftermath of Gerald Stanley’s acquittal
- Opinion | Colten Boushie verdict more proof legal system plagued by systemic racism
- The Colten Boushie case and a possible 'quick fix' for the legal system
- What you need to know about juries, challenges and potential reforms
- Gerald Stanley acquittal renews calls for justice reform 27 years after Manitoba inquiry
The federal government announced plans to develop an Indigenous rights framework.
- Will Trudeau's new legal framework go far enough to protect Indigenous rights?
- First Nations leaders react with caution to Justin Trudeau's Indigenous rights plan
- Justin Trudeau pledges full legal framework for indigenous Canadians
- Editorial | Justin Trudeau promises much-needed new chapter on Indigenous rights
- Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day: "The World is watching to see how Canada will Legislate Reconciliation"
- Fewer court challenges? Here’s what Trudeau’s ambitious Indigenous rights framework could mean
- Globe editorial: On Indigenous rights, Trudeau makes his biggest promise yet
Beyond the lofty rhetoric, here's an example of what's going on on the ground.
In Nova Scotia, a proposed gas-storage project continued to focus Indigenous opposition.
The pipeline debate continued.
- Some New Democrats call for halt of Trans Mountain expansion as Alberta, B.C. premiers battle
- Trudeau ratchets up pipeline pressure on British Columbia
- Opinion: B.C. steps up where National Energy Board failed
- First Nations launching call for mass demonstration to protest Trans Mountain
In New Brunswick, tired old arguments about 'safety' were raised as justification for infringing hunting rights.
In Yukon, a mining company is facing a flood of questions about a proposed mine.
The B.C. provincial government renewed its commitment to UNDRIP and the TRC's calls to action.
Here's a book review of an excellent new academic study of the Secwepemc.
Not everyone is happy with the proposed 60s Scoop settlement.
From the Courts
The Robinson-Huron Treaty annuity trial continued in northern Ontario.
A Treaty 9 First Nation is waiting for a court decision on its challenge to a mining permit.
Rotten Tomato Award
This week's rotten tomato goes to Ottawa Citizen's editorial staff. The paper's argument that the recognition of inherent Indigenous rights cannot proceed without public input and debate epitomizes the colonial mindset.
Off the Bookshelf
"Truth is austere...."
Stendhal, The Red and Black (1830)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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