Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
In BC, a new rights policy for treaty negotiations was released. View the policy here.
- Revamped B.C. treaty negotiation process drawing mixed reaction from First Nations | CBC News
- Concern that Recognition of Rights Policy for Treaty Negotiations in BC Privileges Only Some First Nations - UBCIC
- Feds, B.C., First Nations reach rights policy to reconstruct treaty negotiations - Globe and Mail
Also in BC, Coastal GasLink cleared the Kweese War Trail in Wet’suwet’en territory.
The National First Nations Cannabis Summit was held in Vancouver.
- AFN cannabis conference hears about ways to get into a smoking hot industry - APTN News
- Cannabis Summit looks at how Indigenous communities can be involved in marijuana industry - Globe and Mail
The Calgary Indigenous Court opened.
- 'We don't have a word for crime': New Calgary Indigenous Court to follow peacemaking approach | CBC News
The Ring of Fire mineral belt remains a hot topic in northern Ontario.
Construction is going ahead on a new water treatment system at Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.
- Work begins on new Shoal Lake 40 water treatment system | CBC News
- First Nation under boil water advisories since 1997 getting new water plant | CTV News
A Treaty rights action is mounting over aerial spraying along the north shore of Lake Huron.
Salmon stocking and Indigenous consultation were front and centre in New Brunswick.
The Porcupine Caribou Native User Agreement was signed in Inuvik.
- 'It's been a long time coming': N.W.T., Yukon Indigenous groups celebrate Porcupine caribou agreement | CBC News
The federal government signed a self-determination MOU with the NunatuKavut Community Council.
- NunatuKavut moves closer to self-governance with new agreement with federal government | CBC News
- Moving Forward on Self-Determination: MOU between Canada and the NunatuKavut Community Council
From the Courts
The Federal Court of Appeal allowed six leave applications challenging the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
- Raincoast Conservation Foundation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2019 FCA 224.
- First Nations prepared for 'long road ahead' appealing Trans Mountain pipeline decision | National Observer
- Winners and losers react to federal court decision on Trans Mountain expansion appeal | CBC News
- Appeal court decision brings uncertainty to Trans Mountain pipeline project, experts say - National Post
- Court allows six Trans Mountain appeals focusing on Indigenous consultation - APTN News
- Why did Ottawa fail to defend its Trans Mountain process in court? | CBC News
The BC Supreme Court granted the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s injunction application against Taseko Mines.
- Taseko Mines barred from work in Tsilhqot’in traditional territory until Indigenous rights case is heard | The Star
- Tŝilhqot’in Nation Welcomes Injunction Halting Taseko Drilling Program - Tŝilhqot’in National Government
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered compensation for the discriminatory provision of child welfare services to First Nations children.
- First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, 2019 CHRT 7
- First Nations Leadership Council applauds landmark CHRT ruling for compensation for First Nations children
- 'Wilfully and recklessly’: Human rights tribunal awards compensation for First Nation children in care - APTN News
- First Nations leadership concerned about who will qualify for child welfare settlements | CBC News
Stop of Interest
Check out my latest Stop of Interest video on the topic of cannabis and Indigenous legal orders at Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation in Treaty 4 territory.
Back to School
I’m looking forward to being back at the Allard School at UBC this week teaching my seminar on issues currently at the forefront of Aboriginal law. Thanks to all my colleagues who have generously agreed to speak to my class throughout the semester - a great example of senior lawyers giving freely of their time to help educate future lawyers.
Quote of the Week
“This shame is not for you to bear, it is one for the entire Nation of Canada to bear, in the hope of rebuilding together and achieving reconciliation.”
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, on Canada's discriminatory provision of child welfare services to First Nations children and their families.
Off the Bookshelf
“Who command the earth to stand still so that their castles don’t come tumbling down!”
Bertolt Brecht, Life of Galileo (1938).
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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.