Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Sipekne’katik and Millbrook First Nations approved a Specific Claim settlement in Mi’kmaq territory.
- Indigenous land claim stretching back to Halifax Explosion settled | The Guardian
- 2 N.S. First Nations settle century-old land dispute with Ottawa | CBC News
Mining and the duty to consult were front and centre in Saskatchewan.
- First Nations near proposed Sask. diamond mine cautiously optimistic about future | CBC News
- James Smith Cree Nation wants to re-open diamond mine talks with province - Star Phoenix
Trespass laws continue to cause concern on the Prairies.
- ‘Are they targeting us?’: Alberta’s changes to rural-crime law met with some suspicion in Indigenous community | The Star
Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations’ Aboriginal rights trial is ongoing in BC.
- Saik’uz, Stellat’en First Nations hold ‘Rally for the River’ at Prince George Courthouse - Prince George Matters
- First Nations in B.C. take on mining giant Rio Tinto and governments to resurrect the Nechako River - APTN News
- B.C. First Nations sue to have Alcan take down the Kenney Dam | CBC News
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.
- Trudeau government has no plan in place to implement new child welfare act: lawyers - APTN News
- Manitoba concerned about lack of information on planned overhaul of Indigenous child-welfare system - Globe and Mail
- Manitoba slams lack of detail on plan to overhaul Indigenous child welfare | CBC News
The latest appeals in the Trans Mountain pipeline litigation will be heard next month.
- Trans Mountain’s biggest obstacle looks set to drag the long-running pipeline saga well into 2022 - Financial Post
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 U.S. to Indigenous embassy: inside the transformation of 100 Wellington Street in Ottawa | CBC News
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)
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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.