Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In this week's update another painful trial decision, child custody battles, racism and reconciliation and much more.
Another painful trial decision from the prairies.
- Winnipeg march to honour Tina Fontaine calls for change to protect Indigenous youth
- Indigenous leaders call for change after 'all the systems' failed Tina Fontaine
- Tina Fontaine’s story shows there is no real justice for Indigenous people in Canada
- Up to us to create justice for Tina
- Calls for change after jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty of killing Tina Fontaine
- Widespread changes demanded to prevent 'another 100 Tina Fontaines'
- 'Justice for Tina will come from all of us'
- Why Canada should stand trial for Tina Fontaine's murder
This piece illustrates that ignorance and racism runs deep and wide in Canadian society.
Having grownup in rural Manitoba, this piece particularly resonates with me.
Here's more on the opposition to the proposed 60s Scoop settlement.
Many Indigenous people continue to fight for custody of their children.
- Court to decide whether Indigenous kids can go back to extended Aboriginal family
- Judge orders better access for mother whose baby was seized three days after birth
- Custody battle over Indigenous children ignites cultural tug of war
- B.C. Supreme Court order providing Indigenous mother daily access to newborn could set national precedent
The federal government's recently proposed Indigenous Rights Framework has sparked an important debate.
- Canada indigenous leaders divided over Trudeau's pledge to put them first
- Do we need a Recognition and Implementation Framework?
There was another twist in the great New Brunswick moose-meat controversy.
The pipeline debate rolls on.
The recognition of Indigenous laws took a big step forward.
- UVic law students to study Canadian and Indigenous legal systems in new program
- New program a ‘new beginning’ at UVic for Indigenous law studies
- World's first Indigenous law degree - University of Victoria
The issue of cross-border rights is important to many indigenous people.
- Land fight could grant thousands of indigenous Americans new rights in Canada
- Haida people shouldn't need permission to cross Canada-U.S. border within Haida territory, lawyer argues
- Two Haida men detained for crossing U.S.-Canada border
A northern Manitoba First Nation is exercising its right to control its reserve borders.
From the Courts
A few years ago a northern Ontario mining company unsuccessfully sued the province for failing to consult First Nations--its appeal will soon be heard.
Quote of the Week
“If it feels good it’s not reconciliation.”
Off the Bookshelf
"If you deny me, fie upon your law!"
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (1605)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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