Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
It was Orange Shirt Day.
- The list of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential school system - Globe and Mail
- FNLC Celebrates Orange Shirt Day to Honour Residential School Survivors | BC Assembly of First Nations
- Names of children who died in residential schools released in sombre ceremony - CTV News
Vigils were held across the country for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
- On day to honour MMIWG, Indigenous women reflect on national inquiry, Viens Commission | CBC News
- 'I'm not alone in this battle': Sisters in Spirit Vigil expected to draw hundreds | CBC News
- Sisters in Spirit vigil honours missing and murdered women and girls | CBC News
- 'It's a genocide': People of Pabineau First Nation urge more be done for MMIWG | CBC News
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project continues to top the headlines.
- Why Trudeau’s Trans Mountain Dreams May Trickle Out in Coldwater | The Tyee
- Violation of court order in Trans Mountain appeal ‘attack on the rule of law' - The Lawyer's Daily
- As Trans Mountain flies under the election radar, a missed opportunity - BNN Bloomberg
- Landowners, First Nations seek review of Trans Mountain route - Globe and Mail
- TMX expected to be big issue in Burnaby North–Seymour riding - Vancouver Sun
- 'I wanna own this thing': Meet the indigenous groups trying to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline | CBC News
Ottawa is challenging the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s recent compensation order for First Nations children.
- Federal government challenging tribunal order to compensate First Nations children in care - APTN News
- AFN National Chief Bellegarde Extremely Disappointed in Canada's Request for Judicial Review of CHRT Ruling to Compensate Children - Newswire
- Federal government challenges human rights tribunal on Indigenous children welfare ruling - Globe and Mail
In BC, the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group has proceeded to stage 5 of its treaty negotiations.
- After 26 years, Vancouver Island First Nations group moves to final treaty negotiations - Victoria News
A class action led by Residential School Survivors is underway in Alberta.
In Ontario, a land transfer took place in Aamjiwnaang territory.
The Quebec government apologized to Indigenous Peoples in the province.
- Quebec premier apologizes to First Nations, Inuit for discrimination - APTN News
- François Legault's apology to Quebec's Indigenous Peoples, word for word | CBC News
- Indigenous groups welcome Premier Legault's apology, but are skeptical - Montreal Gazette
- 'It’s too weak’: Quebec regional chief says Viens commission report doesn’t go far enough - APTN News
Treaty rights were front and centre in Nova Scotia.
- ‘A long way to go:’ Indigenous water protectors speak up at Treaty Day rally in Halifax | The Star
- What you should know about the Peace and Friendship Treaties | CBC News
- Mi’kmaq Treaty Day 2019 message: More political action needed to protect treaty rights – Ku'ku'kwes News
- Sipekne’katik harvesters sell lobster on Digby wharf to show solidarity for treaty rights – Ku'ku'kwes News
- Donald Marshall's nets sat for years in DFO storage. They have finally come home | CBC News
From the Courts
Beaver Lake Cree Nation was awarded advanced costs in their longstanding Treaty infringement case. Read the decision here.
Off the Press
Here’s an informative piece on the history of UNDRIP.
This is a powerful speech on water rights by Anishinabek Nation Chief Water Commissioner Autumn Peltier.
Quote of the Week
“We’re in court—why are we standing here for Treaty Day when we’re still in court?”
Ginny Marshall, Mi’kmaq water protector
Off the Bookshelf
"and do not forgive truly it is not in your power
to forgive in the name of those betrayed at dawn."
Zbigniew Herbert, "The Envoy of Mr. Cogito" (1973)
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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.