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Aboriginal Law Report

November 3, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes injunctions, Treaty rights, harvesting rights, land transfers, UNDRIP, Wexit and more.


In the News

The “grassroots grandmothers” were in Halifax court challenging an injunction in Mi’kmaq territory.

Also in Nova Scotia, the “conquered peoples” argument made a return to the headlines.

Mi’kmaq self-determination is front and centre in PEI.

Gaming revenue legislation is a hot topic in Manitoba.

Sagkeeng First Nation was in court over the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project.

In Saskatchewan, the Crown is appealing the recent hunting rights case R v Green. Check out my colleague Kate Gunn’s case comment here.

Fort McKay First Nation was defending its Treaty rights at the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Also in Alberta, the provincial government cut its Indigenous climate leadership program.

Land transfers, logging, and LNG topped BC headlines.

An UNDRIP Bill is in the works in the Northwest Territories.

From the Courts

The Federal Court weighed in on Nunavik Inuit polar bear harvesting rights.

First Peoples Law Reading List

In case you missed it, check out our Aboriginal law reading list and your readings suggestions!

Off the Press

Check out the Yellowhead Institute’s new Red Paper report on Indigenous jurisdiction, consent, sovereignty, and more.

Unist’ot’en’s new Invasion film premiered on Friday. Watch the film here.

Lastly, here’s a legal overview of Wexit, Indigenous rights, and the honour of the Crown.

Quote of the Week

"At a certain point in time you either have to leave the relationship or you have to convince the authorities that are in existence to start listening to you. And it has taken this long for Indigenous people to convince the authorities in Canada, that is the courts, to begin to listen."

Senator Murray Sinclair

Off the Bookshelf

"Be proud of the ink your hands collect, of letters you’ve shaped without speaking."

Allison Joseph, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman (2018)

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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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