Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
The MMIWG National Inquiry released its final report--read the full report here.
- 231 'imperative' changes: The MMIWG inquiry's calls for justice | CBC News
- Canadian Inquiry Calls Killings of Indigenous Women Genocide
- Inquiry says Canadians must 'unlearn some learned behaviors' in final report - APTN News
- Inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous calls on all Canadians to call out racism as report attributes tragedy to genocide
- Canada must not ignore Indigenous 'genocide', landmark report warns
- Law groups welcome MMIWG report, pledge to consider and reflect on inquiry’s ‘Calls for Justice’ - The Lawyer's Daily
The clock is ticking on the federal UNDRIP Bill C-262.
- Conservatives on cusp of killing Indigenous rights legislation, C-262 - APTN News
- UNDRIP bill in 'grave danger' of dying in Senate, committee chair says | CBC News
- Senate stream of UNDRIP Bill C-262 review
- MMIWG Report Presses Tory Senators To Pass UN Indigenous Rights Bill
- ‘It’s so important, it needs to be passed’: Youth tell Senate that they want UNDRIP passed - APTN News
Shoal Lake #40 First Nation celebrated the opening of its long-awaited Freedom Road.
- Shoal Lake 40 First Nation celebrates the official opening of Freedom Road - APTN News
- Winnipeg's 100-year-old aqueduct has brought a century of hardship to Shoal Lake First Nation | CBC News
- Shoal Lake project offers road map to reconciliation
New Brunswick secretly lifted its fracking moratorium.
- Indigenous Leaders Blindsided, Business Leaders Unsurprised That Shale Gas Moratorium Is Lifted - Huddle
- Indigenous leaders warn of protests, halting developments over shale gas exemption | CBC News
- Minister says First Nations consultation only required after shale gas exemption approved | CBC News
An archaeological find led to road construction being put on hold in Treaty 6 territory.
- Saskatchewan region hits pause on road after Indigenous artifacts discovered
- Sask. road project violates treaty rights and must stop, says First Nations coalition | CBC News
- Sask. artifact rules violate international law, says professor | CBC News
The UN released an assessment of Canada’s toxic waste management--read the full statement here.
- UN expert: Canada's toxic waste policy shows disdain for Indigenous rights
- UN special rapporteur finds toxic waste is hurting Canada's Indigenous communities more than others | CBC News
- UN human rights expert hears Chemical Valley concerns
- United Nations calls for methyl mercury mitigation at Muskrat Falls | The Western Star
Grassy Narrows leadership was in Ottawa again looking for redress for mercury poisoning.
- ‘I’m not overly confident’: Grassy Narrows chief goes before Indigenous affairs committee - APTN News
- 'We need action': Grassy Narrows chief decries delays in construction of mercury poisoning care home | CBC News
- 'This is for keeps', Seamus O'Regan says of new proposed agreement for Grassy Narrows mercury home | CBC News
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.
- Effort to avoid Blueberry River First Nations litigation was well-intentioned failure — but failure nevertheless
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.
- Inuit plan says climate change can't be separated from social issues - APTN News
- 'We are not just a small bit player': National Inuit organization launches climate change strategy | CBC News
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.
- Pipeline decision raises key issues needing clarification from SCC: B.C. attorney general - The Lawyer's Daily
- Rival Indigenous bidder for Trans Mountain pipeline cautiously welcomed | CBC News
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.
- Safety concerns for Indigenous women in resource development: MMIW inquiry
- MMIWG's findings on 'man camps' are a good place for government to get started - Macleans.ca
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.
- Residential school survivor's son wants recognition for kids whose labour helped feed home front during WWII | CBC News
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.
- Innu documentary filmmaker Kevin Bacon-Hervieux makes history at the Gala du Quebec Cinema - APTN News
Quotes of the Week
"Having a man's statue that represents this genocide is not the way to go towards reconciliation."
"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."
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).
Download our new eBook for free
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.
For more First Peoples Law comments see our publications page.
Sign up for notification of our blog posts.
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on LinkedIn
This week's Aboriginal Law Report was produced with the assistance of Cody O'Neil.