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Aboriginal Law Report

October 20, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes land claims, Treaty interpretation, the duty to consult, cannabis, intellectual property, UNDRIP, and more.


In the News

A joint legal action is underway over the right to safe drinking water.

UNDRIP and lottery legislation is in the works in BC.

Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations’ Aboriginal rights trial starts next week in Vancouver.

Matsqui First Nation filed a Specific Claim in the Fraser Valley.

A Métis coalition filed a scrip system land claim in Saskatchewan.

The second phase of the Robinson-Huron Treaty litigation began in Ontario.

In Quebec, a hunger strike continues at the Kanesatake longhouse.

The duty to consult remains front and centre in New Brunswick.

Jurisdiction over cannabis is a hot topic in Nova Scotia.

Aboriginal fishing rights were in the headlines in PEI.

Also on the east coast, the Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik have proposed an Indigenous water authority.

From the Courts

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal dismissed a discrimination complaint against Keeseekoowenin First Nation.

The Federal Court weighed in on Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation’s membership criteria.

Off the Press

This is a good piece on UNDRIP as a framework for reconciliation.

Here’s an informative introduction to Indigenous intellectual property.

Lastly, here’s a legal overview of Indigenous consent and the duty to consult.

What Aboriginal Law Issue Should We Cover Next?

First Peoples Law is committed to providing public education on current issues of interest to Indigenous Peoples. Let us know here what Aboriginal law issue we should write about next. If we choose your topic, I’ll send you a free copy of my latest book: Essays on Canadian Law and Decolonization.

Quote of the Week

“Canada can stall, litigate and mislead, but justice is coming whether it likes it or not.”

Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

Off the Bookshelf

“The constant, obvious flattery, contrary to all evidence, of the people around him had brought him to the point that he no longer saw his contradictions, no longer conformed his actions and words to reality, logic, or even simple common sense, but was fully convinced that all his orders, however senseless, unjust, and inconsistent with each other, became sensible, just and consistent with each other only because he gave them.”

Leo Tolstoy, Hadji Murat (1912)

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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.

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