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Aboriginal Law Report

December 1, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, human rights, state surveillance, the Charter, a new protected area, and more.


In the News

The Federal Court heard Canada’s challenge to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's compensation order for First Nations children.

The BC government passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. Read the new law here.

Also in BC, a Charter challenge to smudging is underway.

A rally against the forced sterilization of Indigenous women was held in Regina.

Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak released its report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Drinking water crises continue in Ontario.

The MoCreebec are calling for recognition as a distinct First Nation.

A new protected area was established in the Northwest Territories.

Surveillance of Indigenous resistance to pipeline expansion is ongoing.

Indigenous jurisdiction over cannabis remains a hot topic.

From the Courts

The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed three First Nations' motions to exclude certain evidence in the Trans Mountain pipeline litigation.

Off the Press

Here’s a new essay collection on urban Indigenous resistance to settler colonialism.

Check out Pam Palmater’s latest interview with Cindy Blackstock on Indigenous child welfare Bill C-92.

Lastly, here’s a new report on UNDRIP implementation by the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.

Quote of the Week 

“Anyone who purports to share our goal of thriving lands and waters should be asking themselves how they can support us or make space for us to do what we need to do - not trying to do the work for us.”

Jess Housty, Executive Director, Qqs Projects Society

Off the Bookshelf

Look at our faces. We are survivors. We have a story to tell.

Frank Calder, Nisga’a: People of the Nass River (1993)

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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.

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