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Aboriginal Law Report

June 9, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

It's Indigenous History Month. This week's edition includes UNDRIP, fracking, an archeological find, statues, Freedom Road, the MMIWG final report, and more.


In the News

The MMIWG National Inquiry released its final report--read the full report here.

The clock is ticking on the federal UNDRIP Bill C-262.

Shoal Lake #40 First Nation celebrated the opening of its long-awaited Freedom Road.

New Brunswick secretly lifted its fracking moratorium.

An archaeological find led to road construction being put on hold in Treaty 6 territory.

The UN released an assessment of Canada’s toxic waste management--read the full statement here.

Grassy Narrows leadership was in Ottawa again looking for redress for mercury poisoning.

Cross-border hydro-electric transmission remains a hot topic in Manitoba.

Sand mining continues to raise concerns at Hollow Water First Nation.

Crab traps were seized in New Brunswick.

Blueberry River First Nations’ Treaty rights action is going ahead. 

A proposed land sale is raising Aboriginal title concerns in northern BC.

The Walk for Common Ground is underway across Treaty 6 and 7 territory.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami released a climate change strategy.

The Forest Stewardship Council updated its standards.

Caribou are back in the headlines in BC.

The “conquered peoples” argument doesn’t seem to go away.

One week to go before Ottawa’s decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Statues are back in the news.

Saskatchewan is appealing a carbon tax ruling to the Supreme Court.

A groundbreaking climate change lawsuit is underway in the US.

First Peoples Law in the News

I was honoured to speak on Native America Calling regarding UNDRIP and free, prior, and informed consent in Canadian law. Tune in here to listen to the show.

Off the Press

This is an important piece on the impact of recent Canada Labour Code amendments.

The MMIWG2S final report provides a crucial gender-based analysis of resource extraction projects.

This new book looks at the legal history of Canada’s colonial origins.

Whit Fraser’s True North Rising won the 2019 outstanding book award at the North Words Writer’s festival.

This is an important investigative piece on BC’s child welfare system.

Lastly, a revealing history of Residential School child labour.

On the Air

Alanis Obomsawin was on Unreserved discussing her 53rd documentary.

On the Screen

Kevin Bacon-Hervieux took home the Iris Prize for his new film Innu Nikamu: Chanter la Resistance.

Quotes of the Week

"Having a man's statue that represents this genocide is not the way to go towards reconciliation."

Denise Pictou-Maloney

"They are fundamentally dishonest, they are the last holdouts, the last remnants of the historical, established political institution that have oppressed the human rights of Indigenous people."

Stephen Kakfwi

Off the Bookshelf

“As they relate to the expression of rights, Indigenous laws and the ideas upon which they are based are also linked to the idea of inherent rights. They are inherent because they are not Western-based or state-centric. This means they can’t be taken away by provinces and territories, by the government of Canada, or by the United Nations.”

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Volume 1a (2019).

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Our new book, Canadian Aboriginal Law in 2018: Essays and Case Summaries, is now available as a free download through our website.

Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.  Download Bruce's bio.

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This week's Aboriginal Law Report was produced with the assistance of Cody O'Neil.

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