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Aboriginal Law Report

September 8, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes an injunction, Treaty rights, human rights, judicial reviews, an Indigenous court, and more.


In the News

In BC, a new rights policy for treaty negotiations was released. View the policy here.

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.

The Calgary Indigenous Court opened.

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.

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.

The federal government signed a self-determination MOU with the NunatuKavut Community Council.

From the Courts

The Federal Court of Appeal allowed six leave applications challenging the Trans Mountain pipeline project.

The BC Supreme Court granted the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s injunction application against Taseko Mines.

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered compensation for the discriminatory provision of child welfare services to First Nations children.

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.

For more on this topic, check out First Peoples Law's Jesse Donovan's recent article, "Canada Must Respect Indigenous Cannabis Laws."

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).

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.

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

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