Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
The Federal Court heard Canada’s challenge to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's compensation order for First Nations children.
- Webcast of Federal Court Hearings - Federal Court
- Ottawa formally criticizes Indigenous-children compensation ruling - National Observer
- Compensation owed for suffering of First Nations children - Star Phoenix
- Vancouver rally shows support of tribunal ruling to compensate First Nations children - City News
- Federal Court strikes down request from Canada to have human rights tribunal ruling put on hold - APTN News
The BC government passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. Read the new law here.
- ‘We made history’: UN Indigenous rights bill approved unanimously in B.C. - National Post
- UNDRIP bill becomes law in B.C. after it fails federally - APTN News
- Joint statement on B.C. Indigenous human rights legislation passing unanimously - BC Government
- British Columbia becomes 1st Canadian province to pass UN Indigenous rights declaration - Global News
- UN Indigenous rights bill approved unanimously in B.C. | CBC News
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.
- Métis Perspectives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and LGBTQ2S+ People
- Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak Announces Its Own Métis-Specific MMIWG Final Report
Drinking water crises continue in Ontario.
- Oneida Nation of the Thames tap water different than neighbouring non-Indigenous communities - Global News
- Curve Lake First Nation ponders suing federal government to get water treatment plant - Peterborough Examiner
The MoCreebec are calling for recognition as a distinct First Nation.
A new protected area was established in the Northwest Territories.
- 'It's beautiful': Fort Good Hope elders welcome N.W.T.'s newest protected area | CBC News
- K'asho Got'ı̨nę celebrate new protected area near Fort Good Hope | CBC News
Surveillance of Indigenous resistance to pipeline expansion is ongoing.
- Trans Mountain monitoring anti-pipeline activists through social media | CBC News
- Keystone XL: police discussed stopping anti-pipeline activists 'by any means' - The Guardian
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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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.