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Aboriginal Law Report

September 29, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, climate strikes, child welfare, the duty to consult, a Supreme Court road trip, and more.


In the News

Climate strikes topped headlines across the country.

Indigenous child welfare was in the national spotlight.

The issue of proper rights holders and representatives was a hot topic in Nova Scotia.

In PEI, Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nations introduced a new rights initiative. 

Treaty rights were front and centre in Quebec.

The Ring of Fire was back in Ontario headlines.

The Supreme Court of Canada was sitting in Treaty 1 territory.

There are new signatories to the Buffalo Treaty in Alberta.

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.

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.

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