Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
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.
- Nova Scotia premier still refusing to disclose cost of 'conquered people' court case | The Chronicle Herald
Mi’kmaq self-determination is front and centre in PEI.
Gaming revenue legislation is a hot topic in Manitoba.
- Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs plans to set up First Nations Gaming Authority to negotiate with province | CBC News
Sagkeeng First Nation was in court over the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project.
- First Nation trying to stop $453M Manitoba Minnesota power line project - APTN News
- Sagkeeng First Nation says it wasn't properly consulted on power line to Minnesota - National Observer
- First Nation tries to block Manitoba-Minnesota power line - Winnipeg Free Press
Fort McKay First Nation was defending its Treaty rights at the Alberta Court of Appeal.
- Fort McKay First Nation asks appeal court to turn down oilsands project | Global News
- "Even as we seek the court's help to protect our Treaty rights, we're hopeful the new government will make the right decision on Moose Lake" - Newswire
- Fort McKay First Nation appeals Alberta Energy Regulator’s approval of oilsands project - Edmonton Journal
Also in Alberta, the provincial government cut its Indigenous climate leadership program.
- ‘They’re looking for a hand up not a hand out’ says Alberta Indigenous Relations minister on cutting environment program - APTN News
Land transfers, logging, and LNG topped BC headlines.
- Crown land to be returned to Squamish Nation, including world-class rock climbing area | CBC News
- Squamish Nation in B.C. signs land deal that will see LNG plant ship gas to Asia - APTN News
- Tsleil-Waututh seek 45 acres of Maplewood for reserve land - North Shore News
- Simpcw First Nation urges Province to “come to the table in a good way” - Clearwater Times
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.