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Aboriginal Law Report

September 15, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, pipelines, Arctic policy, election promises, Treaty rights, Indigenous law, and more.


In the News

UNDRIP and Indigenous Peoples’ constitutional rights were on the leaders’ debate agenda.

The federal government released its Arctic and Northern Policy Framework.

The Trans Mountain pipeline legal battle continues.

The Assembly of First Nations announced its 2019 election priorities.

Moose returned to the headlines in Quebec.

Garden River First Nation reached a settlement over a historical land surveying error.

The federal government apologized to Métis veterans in Regina.

The Alberta government is challenging the Impact Assessment Act.

Salmon numbers remain a hot topic on the west coast.

Also in BC, Tsilhqot'in wildlife legislation is now in force.

First Peoples Law in the News

I weighed in on the new rights policy for BC treaty negotiations at the Lawyer’s Daily. View the article here.

Off the Press

Here’s a good piece by Senator Murray Sinclair on the policing of Indigenous sovereignty.

Quote of the Week 

"Everything that happens to the land, we're also doing to ourselves."

Tina Notty, Algonquins of Barriere Lake

Off the Bookshelf

Now I am ready to lay my self down
on the earth, to listen to the instructions
for how to talk of love & land, to sing
of home in the horrible years, & to fill
my language, like the stars do,
with the light, anyway, of a future tense.

Aracelis Girmay, The Black Maria (2016)

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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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