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Aboriginal Law Report

November 17, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, trespass laws, self-determination, the duty to consult, cannabis, and more.


In the News

Trans Mountain pipeline litigation continues to top the headlines.

Jurisdiction over utilities is a hot topic in BC.

Also in BC, Namgis First Nation is challenging another DFO decision.

The Unist’ot’en occupation continues in Wet’suwet’en territory.

Trespass laws made a return to Saskatchewan headlines. For more on this topic, check out our previous post “Trespassing on Treaty Rights.”

Also in Saskatchewan, Indigenous jurisdiction and cannabis remain hot topics.

An Indigenous alliance is bringing hydro impacts to the fore in Manitoba.

In New Brunswick, the Wolastoq Grand Council is appealing the NBQB's recent decision regarding the Mount Carleton snowmobile hub project.

Wastewater cleanup is front and centre in Nova Scotia.

Day school survivors excluded from previous settlements are launching a class action.

From the Courts

The PEI Court of Appeal dismissed a duty to consult challenge to the Mill River land sale.

First Peoples Law Comment

My colleagues Kate Gunn and Jesse Donovan shared their thoughts on BC’s new UNDRIP Bill.

Off the Press

This new book promises an insightful read on Indigenous self-determination and Canadian law.

Check out this documentary series on Shoal Lake 40 First Nation’s fight for Freedom Road.

Lastly, here’s a legal overview of the Federal Court’s recent decision regarding polar bear harvesting rights.

Quote of the Week

“You really have this weaponized legal mechanism that preys on the economic inequality across society, where Indigenous people don’t have the resources to go to court all the time and assert their jurisdiction and rights against companies and governments with very deep pockets.”

Shiri Pasternak, Research Director, Yellowhead Institute

Off the Bookshelf

“Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.”

Joy Harjo, Remember (1983)

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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.

Velvet Martin(9 months ago)
In your next issue, it would be lovely to honour Maurina Beadle; she was a wonderful woman. Thank you.


Remembering Maurina Beadle, the Mi’kmaw woman who fought Canada on Jordan’s Principle and won

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