Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Climate strikes topped headlines across the country.
- 'We all need to wake up:' Indigenous youth lend their support to climate strikes | CBC News
- 'We can't eat money or drink oil,' Autumn Peltier tells UN | CBC News
- Indigenous students in Montreal prepare for climate strike with Mohawk teachings - APTN News
- Thousands demand action during youth-led, country-wide climate strike protests - APTN News
Indigenous child welfare was in the national spotlight.
- Pathways in a Forest: Indigenous guidance on prevention-based child welfare | West Coast LEAF
- Trudeau government has ‘blood on their hands’ over deaths of Indigenous children: Grand Chief - APTN News
- Indigenous communities need authority over child welfare says legal advocacy group | CBC News
The issue of proper rights holders and representatives was a hot topic in Nova Scotia.
- Off-reserve Mi'kmaq sue N.S. over treaty hunting, fishing rights | CBC News
- Mi'kmaw harvester ID cards called a step toward self-governance | CBC News
In PEI, Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nations introduced a new rights initiative.
Treaty rights were front and centre in Quebec.
- Quebec First Nation challenging commercial lobster fishing limits - Globe and Mail
- Listuguj Mi'kmaq plan to sell lobster without commercial licence from DFO | CBC News
The Ring of Fire was back in Ontario headlines.
The Supreme Court of Canada was sitting in Treaty 1 territory.
- Supreme Court wraps up historic visit to Winnipeg - APTN News
- Supreme Court visits with Indigenous groups 'a step towards reconciliation': grand chief | CBC News
- SCC justices meeting with students, Indigenous leaders ahead of historic appeal hearings in Winnipeg - CTV News
- Cost of upholding rights in Supreme Court case 'too high,' appellants worry | CBC News
There are new signatories to the Buffalo Treaty in Alberta.
- 'A new era': First Nations celebrate new signatories to historic Buffalo Treaty in Maskwacis - Edmonton Journal
Caribou and consultation were back in BC headlines.
In the Yukon, a new mining strategy is in the works.
From the Courts
This case raises important issues regarding representative rights holders and the duty to consult.
The Federal Court of Appeal ordered amendments to judicial review applications in the latest Trans Mountain pipeline litigation.
The Federal Court granted BC’s injunction against Alberta’s “turn off the taps” legislation.
- British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Alberta (Attorney General), 2019 FC 1195
- B.C. wins injunction blocking Alberta's turn-off-the-taps legislation over oil | CBC News
First Peoples Law Scholarship
In case you missed it, we announced our first annual Indigenous Law Student Scholarship this week. Congratulations to Tagalik Eccles and Saul ‘Hazil’hba Brown! Meet the recipients on our website here.
Off the Press
Here’s a great piece by Pam Palmater on cannabis legislation and Indigenous sovereignty.
In case you missed it, my colleague Kate Gunn and I recently shared our thoughts on the new rights policy for BC treaty negotiations. Read the post on our website here.
Lastly, here’s an overview of the Impact Assessment Act and Fisheries Act amendments concerning Indigenous Peoples.
Quote of the Week
“People say the climate movement started decades ago, but I see it as indigenous people protecting Earth thousands of years ago.”
Xiye Bastida, climate activist
Off the Bookshelf
“Even in this charred landscape of hell, hope remains nailed to what has survived.”
Marie Clements, Burning Vision (2003)
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.