Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
The BC government tabled its UNDRIP legislation.
- Celebrations as BC Government Moves to Adopt UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights | The Tyee
- B.C. Indigenous rights law aims to make First Nations full participants - APTN News
- Unravelling B.C.’s landmark legislation on Indigenous rights | The Narwhal
- Power-sharing bill is giving First Nations fresh hope - Times Colonist
- B.C. tables United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - National Observer
Also in BC, lottery revenue sharing legislation passed third reading.
The Alberta government announced budget cuts to the Indigenous Relations Ministry.
- Cuts to Indigenous relations in Alberta signal that communities aren’t priority, chief says | The Star
Cannabis jurisdiction and child welfare are hot topics in Saskatchewan.
- FSIN hopes to see child welfare, cannabis discussions continue in fall legislature session | CBC News
Kahkewistahaw First Nation is creating an urban reserve in Saskatoon.
Tokenistic consultation and hunting rights topped Ontario's headlines.
- Indigenous elder slams ‘hollow and tokenistic’ consultation by Sidewalk Labs | The Star
- Indigenous deer hunt and protests resume at Short Hills Provincial Park - Niagara Falls Review
The hunger strike at the Kanesatake longhouse ended.
Treaties, UNDRIP, and consultation were front and centre in the Northwest Territories.
- N.W.T. MLAs release priorities for 19th Assembly | CBC News
- N.W.T. MLAs 'dishonoured' relationship by excluding Deline from meeting | CBC News
The Trans Mountain pipeline is back in the headlines.
- Kanahus Manuel arrested, injured during pipeline protest say Tiny House Warriors - APTN News
- Trudeau extends olive branch to Western Canada, vows to build Trans Mountain despite opposition | CBC News
The UN released a scathing report on housing rights violations.
- New UN report scalds Canada for Indigenous housing conditions - Radio Canada
- UN report calls out Canada on 'abhorrent' housing conditions - National Observer
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.
- Supreme Court of Canada agrees to hear B.C.’s appeal in Kootenay aboriginal rights case - Columbia Valley Pioneer
- Supreme Court of Canada to hear case of "extinct" First Nation | CBC News
First Peoples Law in the News
I was interviewed by Reuters on BC’s UNDRIP legislation.
Off the Press
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)
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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.