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Aboriginal Law Report

November 24, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes child welfare, trespass laws, Treaty rights, Specific Claims, Indigenous law, and more.


In the News

Sipekne’katik and Millbrook First Nations approved a Specific Claim settlement in Mi’kmaq territory.

Mining and the duty to consult were front and centre in Saskatchewan.

Trespass laws continue to cause concern on the Prairies.

Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations’ Aboriginal rights trial is ongoing in BC.

The federal government is challenging compensation for First Nations children in Federal Court next week.

The federal government is also facing questions over its pending child welfare legislation.

The latest appeals in the Trans Mountain pipeline litigation will be heard next month.

A modern treaties forum was held in the Yukon.

Cannabis and Indigenous jurisdiction remain hot topics across the country.

The Indigenous Peoples Space in Ottawa returned to the headlines.

From the Courts

The PEI Court of Appeal’s latest duty to consult decision is now available.

The Specific Claims Tribunal weighed in on We Wai Kai First Nation’s Quadra Island claim.

ADR and Indigenous Law

Thanks to my fellow panel members Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Christina Gray, and Roshan Danesh for a great discussion on alternative dispute resolution and Indigenous legal orders at the ADR Institute's latest conference in Victoria.

Off the Press

This is an important piece honouring Maurina Beadle and her fight to implement Jordan’s Principle.

In case you missed it, check out my colleague Kate Gunn and Jesse Donovan’s recent piece on BC’s proposed UNDRIP legislation.

Lastly, here’s a feature on cross-border Indigenous solidarity in the Salish Sea.

Quote of the Week

“We are fighting for the very life of the Nechako River itself.”

Jasmine Thomas, Saik’uz First Nation Councillor

Off the Bookshelf

“Many Canadians want to see reconciliation between the settlers and Indigenous peoples. But that cannot be forced. Reconciliation has to pass first through truth.”

Arthur Manuel, Reconciliation Manifesto (2017)

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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