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Aboriginal Law Report

October 6, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes water rights, Treaty rights, court orders, UNDRIP, an apology and more.


In the News

It was Orange Shirt Day.

Vigils were held across the country for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project continues to top the headlines.

Ottawa is challenging the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s recent compensation order for First Nations children.

In BC, the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group has proceeded to stage 5 of its treaty negotiations.

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.

Treaty rights were front and centre in Nova Scotia.

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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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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