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Aboriginal Law Report

October 27, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, housing rights, the duty to consult, consent, tokenism, and more.

 

In the News

The BC government tabled its UNDRIP legislation.

Also in BC, lottery revenue sharing legislation passed third reading.

The Alberta government announced budget cuts to the Indigenous Relations Ministry.

Cannabis jurisdiction and child welfare are hot topics in Saskatchewan.

Kahkewistahaw First Nation is creating an urban reserve in Saskatoon.

Tokenistic consultation and hunting rights topped Ontario's headlines. 

The hunger strike at the Kanesatake longhouse ended.

Treaties, UNDRIP, and consultation were front and centre in the Northwest Territories.

The Trans Mountain pipeline is back in the headlines.

The UN released a scathing report on housing rights violations.

From the Courts

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s duty to consult appeal was dismissed.

Saskatchewan was granted intervenor status in the latest judicial review of the Trans Mountain pipeline approval.

The Supreme Court granted leave to appeal the cross-border Aboriginal rights case of R v Desautel, 2019 BCCA 151. Check out my colleague Kate Gunn’s case comment on the BCCA decision here.

First Peoples Law in the News

I was interviewed by Reuters on BC’s UNDRIP legislation.

My colleague Kate Gunn was in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory presenting on the Southwind proceeding and the law of Specific Claims at the National Claims Research Workshop.

Off the Press

Check out this new report and mythbusting overview of Indigenous consent.

Here's a guide on the human right to water released by Human Rights Watch and the Chiefs of Ontario.

Lastly, this new book promises a detailed legal history of Aboriginal title in Canada.

Quote of the Week

“Our people have to drink that water, they have to hunt the moose, they have to harvest those medicines, that is what keeps them alive. We will never, ever, ever give up any of that just for a few dollars.”

Chief Sharleen Gale, Fort Nelson First Nation

Off the Bookshelf

"Don't say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story. You've heard it now."

Thomas King, The Truth About Stories (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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